Yes, I think there are more people that are narcissistic and self absorbed which is a real shame. Narcism is the extreme, but generally more people today will sacrifice their honor and integrity in a heartbeat for personal gain and or self promotion without genuinely creating self value through effort and self analysis.
I divorced my narcissistic Wife over 3 years ago and moved across the country. But she still thinks she owns me. non-stop calling, texting and even coming out here stalking me. She uses our daughter to get money and trys to control my life. As long as I don't date or see anyone she is fine. She continues threatening me!!!!!
Well of course, everyone is constantly competing, even against themselves for whatever materialistic reason. For whatever reason they believe the HYPE!
Contrary to what the others said, I think most people today are extremely insecure and don't like themselves one little bit, I think a big majority of folks try to compare themselves or live up to an ideal of beauty that is impossible to reach, and that makes for tremendous amounts of disappointment and dissatisfaction with oneself.
Buffoon makes a good point here. We are constantly bombarded with imagery that shows us what we should look like and the lifestyles to which we should all aspire. The constant inference is that you can be whoever you want - all you have to do is spend a fortune on completely transforming yourself.
Promoting narcissism is big business and those doing the promoting target young audiences. Young people - children in fact - are so image concious that they simply must have this years trainers, the latest mobile phone technoloy and last version of the X-Box simply will not do.
not all people of course but it kind of answers the question of why celebrities are such an obsession for many and why plastic surgery is such a big thing. it sucks but i guess it's a fact of our current lives.
YES! Why was Katie Couric in the revolution square in Egypt? Answer is textbook narcissism.
Clinical NPD has risen, by one estimate, to 6% of the population from 1% in the 1980’s. It’s hard to know the real number since narcissists think too highly of themselves to get treatment. "Nothing is wrong with me, I’m perfect!" But the majority of symptoms of NPD; inflated self image combined with fragile self-esteem, fantasizing about success, exaggerated claims of achievements, expecting praise, thinking they’re special, taking advantage of others, jealousy, believing others are envious of them, and setting unrealistic goals, are becoming descriptive of mainstream Americans.
Combine these traits with a lack of empathy and you have clinical NPD. A true narcissist does not display these traits when you first meet them, because they require attention and admiration. Most of these symptoms are hidden until you prove to be of no value to the narcissist, then they have no remorse in proving their superiority at your expense. There is one theory that the housing bubble was caused by narcissists believing they were entitled to, and could afford, million dollar homes with no realistic way to pay for them.
The most accepted theoretical cause of clinical NPD is problems in the child-parent relationship before age three. Interestingly, the relationship problems can be either excessive pampering or abuse and trauma. It’s thought that either condition causes the child to direct their attention inward for emotional security, rather than outwardly towards their parents or caregivers, and forms a life-long pattern of low self-esteem, inflated self worth, extreme self-preoccupation, and a lack of empathy since others are not important in this self-protection model.
Are we pampering our children too much? Is child abuse and neglect on the rise? If they are, the likely result will be more narcissists. If you have ever had a relationship with one, you’ll pray we are not creating more.
Yes I do, I believe that Charlie Sheen is. Did anyone see his enterview, he said that he had super powers. And he said he had tigers blood. He thinks he's better than most humans. ha ha
No, I think most advertising tries to promote that impression.
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