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We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists ^ | January 8, 2013 | Dr. Keith Ablow

Posted on 01/09/2013 10:24:53 AM PST by rarestia

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. This data is 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deluded; generation; generationy; millenials; narcissism; narcissists; psychology; raising
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To: rarestia

Raising a generation of narcissists???

He11, we elected one president!

41 posted on 01/09/2013 11:51:45 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: rarestia

Not my kid

42 posted on 01/09/2013 11:54:45 AM PST by lesko
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To: rarestia

Is he talking about the Baby Boomers?

43 posted on 01/09/2013 11:57:57 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rarestia

I’m not a big fan of Facebook and the way the young people use it, but they don’t come anywhere near the deluded, self-aggrandizement found in the nannies from the Baby Boom generation who want to force the putrid ideas they come up with in their egocentric worlds on everyone else.

44 posted on 01/09/2013 12:03:29 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Homer1
I see this culture of narcissism as a contributing factor to these mass shootings...

I think that was one of the conclusions he was leading us to make through this article, and I don't believe it's unwarranted.

If a child is ignored long enough by a sufficiently large portion of his or her peer group, he or she will tend to act out in a very large way to gain popularity, or in this case notoriety. Girls tend to attempt or fully commit suicide, while boys tend to lash out violently.

This is taught to every Freshman psych major in every major college in the US. Having minored in psychology, I can tell you first hand that the Lanza situation was textbook masculine "peacocking" for notoriety. He was likely a poor video gamer and a social media outcast, so he resorted to physical "real world" means to enact revenge on those who "dissed" him.

Once he realized what he'd done, he saw no way out but to kill himself. Facing the public and the scorn that would've been visited upon him was more ghastly than any video game he'd ever play.

45 posted on 01/09/2013 12:09:19 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

I’m from CA, too, and you’d think if anyone wanted to see the fruits of liberalism, multiculturalism, and open borders, all they’d have to do is look at CA, especially LA and San Fran. But do they learn? No. They race on, hell-bent on turning the rest of the country into the same mess.

46 posted on 01/09/2013 12:11:56 PM PST by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Nea Wood

Exactly. Sacramento is only in debt to the tune of $264 billion. In Washington DC it is $16 trillion and climbing. California should have been exhibit A on what happens when you put the liberals in charge of everything, when you abandon all standards, when you raise taxes, when you allow spending to get out of control, when you let the public service unions run loose without any restraint, when you allow pensions to get out of control, when you turn blind eye to illegal immigration. California simply let go. There is no brain’s reign around here, no discipline whatsoever. And the rest of the nation is following our insanity. That drives me crazy. The nation could have learned from our mistakes instead of repeating them.

48 posted on 01/09/2013 12:21:18 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: ConservativeStatement

I had a smartphone for awhile, an HTC. I could even watch YouTube on it. Then I was thinking, “I’ve got a laptop at home, and if I really need a computer on the go, I’ll take it with me. If my boss needs me, she can always call or text me.” So I sold it and bought myself a Nokia 2730c-1, which has Bluetooth, FM radio, MP3, and basic internet connectivity. So much happier.

49 posted on 01/09/2013 12:49:15 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: PeterPrinciple

But do they have their own theme music?

50 posted on 01/09/2013 12:51:45 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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Radio is perfect for baseball, if you ask me.
You're absolutely right. But subscribing to the MLB TV package is one of the few "vices" I have left.
51 posted on 01/09/2013 1:03:32 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: rarestia

Generally, kids don’t understand pecking orders. They do think as you stated.

My son graduated college last December, but could only find a job putting tires on cars at a tire store. He stayed at it nine months, until he found a better job as shipping manager in the warehouse of a good-sized plumbing/HVAC wholesaler. I told him they would not have been interested in him if he hadn’t been working at the tire place. They wanted someone willing to get their hands dirty as well as had a degree. If he’d been waiting tables, or doing nothing, he would not have landed the job.

Not enough young people are learning this lesson. This is what good employers are looking for.

52 posted on 01/09/2013 1:06:00 PM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: Tzar
Way to alienate a young conservative, buddy.
You mean his publik skool education doesn't already do that?
Learning to write properly is just not that hard ... except for the last two generations.
Must be they all got gold stars at the end of the skool year.
53 posted on 01/09/2013 1:08:35 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: CodeToad
I was at a conference a couple years ago where they had a break out session entitled, “So, you're at the middle of your career, now what?” It sounded interesting, so I thought I'd check it out. I walked into the room, and I was the oldest person in the room by 15 years, and I'm under 50. It was filled with 25-30 year olds, including the speaker, who looked to be about 28. Her PowerPoint slides, complete with numerous typos were hilarious. They were bemoaning the fact that “nobody takes them seriously.” I felt like saying, “maybe it's because you think you're at the middle of your career, when you're all just starting out.” I got up and walked out.
54 posted on 01/09/2013 1:27:11 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: rarestia
No surprise. Garbage in, garbage out.

We have one lost generation raising another lost generation on progressive "truths" that have a lifetime of a weekend or so, where self esteem has a higher value than honesty, character and integrity and all in a dumbed down world determined to remove from our collective consciousness God and the concept of an authority higher and greater than our immediate personal wants and desires.

We are reaping the seed we have sown and are raising those who will eventually be our caretakers. You'd think we'd be more interested in the quality our golden years and future, but you'd be wrong.

55 posted on 01/09/2013 1:29:13 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: oh8eleven

56 posted on 01/09/2013 1:30:01 PM PST by Overtaxed
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To: oh8eleven
Learning to write properly is just not that hard ...

It's also not that important. This is an Internet forum, not a writer's workshop.

Did you have trouble understanding the point of the post, or are you just being pedantic for pedantry's sake?

57 posted on 01/09/2013 1:50:08 PM PST by papertyger
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I came across some guy and his presentations at my previous job. He was an pointy head type and his whole schtick was how to understand and retain the millennial generation in the workplace. Keep in mind --this guy was printing marketing materials like hotcakes because he was booking so many speaking engagements. (circle jerks probably but still...)

It was hilarious. Basically it said:

1. they don't like long hours or hard work so accept the fact that they can't put in the traditional 40-60 hours.

2. They need a "cause" (well, yeah, they've all been brainwashed that causes are omni-important) so make them feel as though they are contributing to some big picture. They need a purpose and meaning, not just a paycheck.

3. As an employer make sure you know the answers to two questions: How does what we do, as an organization, change the world? How does what we do change human experience in the world? (again from the communist brainwashing they've had all their lives)

4. They need constant feedback as to how wonderful they are and how valued they are.

I couldn't believe my eyes. Bottom line: I wouldn't hire one of these people with someone else's payroll. I am sure there are exceptions but I wouldn't take the gamble.

59 posted on 01/09/2013 2:58:38 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Blue Highway
But FR isn’t a popularity contest by how many friends you have or hown many likes you receive or how many tweeters you have following you.

Yeah, but post an excerpt from your blog and you'll get more attention than at all them other sites.;)

60 posted on 01/09/2013 3:05:24 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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