We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists


Dr. Keith Ablow

Since deluded narcissists make up most of the elected ranks today — looks like there will be more people than ever competing for public office in the future. And here you thought Americans were going to increasingly pull out of politics. From psychiatrist Keith Ablow:

A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.

Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.

These data are not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.

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