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We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists
FoxNews.com ^ | 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: RPTMS
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

MLB.com


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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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 from all them other sites.;)

61 posted on 01/09/2013 3:05:48 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: oh8eleven

“Must be they all got gold stars at the end of the skool year.”

Then we wonder why people dismiss conservatism out of hand. We wonder why conservatives have a reputation for being cold and heartless. We wonder why we lose elections.

Maybe it is because of piss poor attitudes like yours that drive other people away because you get your jollies tearing them down, as opposed to helping people get on board with our conservative values. Sorry, but you’re not that superior just because you can spell. A blowhard with good grammer is still a blowhard.

Why would anyone want to be in a political foxhole with someone like you?


62 posted on 01/09/2013 3:07:16 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: rarestia
What we need in this country is a big ol’ EMP.

Reality will do just fine. In the cycle of human beings, this "era of self" will be rewarded grandly with plenty of bad news.

63 posted on 01/09/2013 3:11:57 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (Sometimes it takes calamity to lead to serenity - FReeper RacerX1128)
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To: rarestia

My son is a member of our local volunteer fire department. He is the youngest and newest memeber. That and Royal Rangers taught him respect for the older and more experienced.

I hope he finds a wife when he turns 18. A nice one. So far his list is that she has to be able to cook well, ride four wheelers, snowmobiles, dirtbikes, trucks, and love children and want a lot of them, and be nice, and not eat junk food. And not be too fat or too thin. And be blond, or brown haired. And have pretty eyes.

Not a bad list.


64 posted on 01/09/2013 3:25:57 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

“I hope he finds a wife when he turns 18.”

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Are you serious? Seems young to me.

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65 posted on 01/09/2013 3:29:28 PM PST by Mears
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To: B212

Woman: “How do you write women so well?”

Melvin: “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.”


66 posted on 01/09/2013 3:58:18 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: oh8eleven

its not grama, its puncutations


67 posted on 01/09/2013 4:16:38 PM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: oh8eleven; Tyrannis

0811: Be nice. :)


68 posted on 01/09/2013 5:04:31 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Nifster

me were not tot propper grammer n thee skool so ummmmmmm nope mein fuhrer


69 posted on 01/09/2013 5:08:24 PM PST by Tyrannis (Long Live The Republic)
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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.

Wow, thats for sure. Hard to get by a day without an insult. LOL

70 posted on 01/09/2013 5:18:34 PM PST by dforest
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To: Tyrannis

I am 60 and have raised 3 boys. I think this article is spot on too.

People are crabby lately, with good reason, due to acute Obamitis.

Shake it off and keep up the good fight.


71 posted on 01/09/2013 5:30:08 PM PST by dforest
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To: Tyrannis

Ignorance is not sarcasm.

If you want to be understood try using standard English. Of course, that takes away from the ever more popular childish form of language called texting.


72 posted on 01/09/2013 5:35:44 PM PST by Nifster
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To: rarestia
I guess so. But wasn't it inevitable?

If you want people's votes or attention or spending money, the easiest way to get it is to flatter them.

Well, you could rob or defraud them, but on balance, it's flattery that gets you everywhere.

That might not have worked a generation or two ago -- or it might not have had any ill effects -- but over time the consequences are clear.

73 posted on 01/09/2013 5:45:34 PM PST by x
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To: Mears

Are you serious? Seems young to me.
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Yes. I married when I was 16. Problem?


74 posted on 01/09/2013 6:09:04 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; humblegunner

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

Yeah, mostly from HumbleGuner.


75 posted on 01/09/2013 6:13:05 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: dforest

“People are crabby lately, with good reason, due to acute Obamitis.”
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Yep, the “Won” is the cause of severe depression, both economic and emotional.


76 posted on 01/09/2013 6:22:06 PM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Chickensoup

New tag line post


77 posted on 01/09/2013 6:38:47 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Chickensoup; humblegunner

My dear friend Chickensoup, whatever do you mean? ;)

Glad to hear your son is doing well.


78 posted on 01/09/2013 6:40:23 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Nifster

I just cant take you serious and besides its not that serious


79 posted on 01/09/2013 7:17:00 PM PST by Tyrannis (Long Live The Republic)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL

Yes, he is doing well. He finishes his heavy eqipment certification this spring, and CDL 1. CDL 2 next year, or a job that will train him. Next, the Shelter Institute for some homebuilding skills. He is a busy guy.


80 posted on 01/09/2013 7:47:23 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: ConservativeStatement

What I find sad is supposed grown ups texting OMG and LOL. If they’re really laughing out loud at their own statements it proves they’re narcissists.

And believe me, I know a lot of narcissists from GenX on down. It’s all “me” and “It’s not fair”. Clinton taught them well.


81 posted on 01/10/2013 6:56:17 AM PST by Terry Mross (R)
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To: Tyrannis

you bet series and hugh


82 posted on 01/10/2013 4:02:52 PM PST by Nifster
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