Friday, May 29, 2009

The Narcissism Epidemic

Jean Twenge’s book Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before has been mentioned on CPYU Bookshelf before (click here to read a review). Her research has been very helpful for those trying to get a better handle on the current generation who seems to be consume with “self.” Recently, Twenge published a new book (coauthored with Keith Campbell) that looks deeper into this issue. The new book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, reports the findings of their groundbreaking research.

This past weekend Twenge was featured on Book TV (C-SPAN2). From the show description: “The authors examine the cultural consequences of narcissism, which they say has grown exponentially in recent years. They use real-life anecdotes, like instant stardom through Youtube, to analyze narcissism in the culture at large and the possible means of combating its effects.”

You can watch her engaging, informative presentation here.

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