The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 21, 2009 - Social Science - 304 pages
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The author of Generation Me explores the spread of narcissism in today’s culture and its catastrophic effects at every level of society.

Narcissism—an inflated view of the self—is everywhere.

Public figures say it’s what makes them stray from their wives. Teenagers and young adults hone it on social media, and celebrity newsmakers have elevated it to an art form. And it’s what’s making people depressed, lonely, and buried under piles of debt.

Dr. Jean Twenge joins forces with W. Keith Campbell, PhD, a nationally recognized expert on narcissism, to explore this new plague in The Narcissism Epidemic. Even the world economy has been damaged by risky, unrealistic overconfidence. Drawing on their own extensive research as well as decades of other experts’ studies, Twenge and Campbell show us how to identify narcissism, minimize the forces that sustain and transmit it, and treat it or manage it where we find it.

Filled with arresting, alarming, and even amusing stories of vanity gone off the tracks, The Narcissism Epidemic is at once a riveting window into the consequences of narcissism, a prescription to combat the widespread problems it causes, and a probing analysis of the culture at large.
 

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User Review  - Mr.Durick - LibraryThing

. The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell is a fame seeking little narcissistic tract that merits finishing only if you have already started it, have seen a few facts, and feel ... Read full review

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User Review  - beabatllori - LibraryThing

This is a very important book, and it makes a few really valid points. Ms. Twenge and Mr. Campbell make a great job of connecting the dots on many cultural trends that would otherwise seem unrelated ... Read full review

Contents

The Growing Narcissism in American Culture
1
The Many Wonders of Admiring Yourself
13
Isnt Narcissism Beneficial Especially in a Competitive
40
How Did We Get Here? Origins of the Epidemic
56
ROOT CAUSES OF THE EPIDEMIC
71
Superspreaders The Celebrity and Media
89
Look at Me on MySpace Web 2 0 and
107
I Deserve the Best at 18 APR Easy Credit and
123
The Quest for Infamy and the Rise of Incivility Antisocial Behavior
195
The Chocolate Cake Trap Relationship Troubles
211
All Play and No Work Entitlement
230
God Didnt Create You to Be Average Religion and Volunteering
244
PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
257
The Prognosis How Far and for How Long Will Narcissism Spread?
259
Treating the Epidemic of Narcissism
280
Bibliography
305

Hell Yeah Im Hot Vanity
141
The Spending Explosion
160
Contents
167
Seven Billion Kinds of Special Uniqueness
180
Acknowledgments
317
Index
323
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Jean M. Twenge, PhD, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than a hundred scientific publications and several books based on her research, including Generations, iGen, and Generation Me. Her research has been covered in Time, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post. She has also been featured on Today, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning, and NPR. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters.

W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, is the author of more than 65 scientific journal articles and book chapters and the book, When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself: How to Deal with a One-way Relationship (Sourcebooks, 2005). He has published more than 30 journal articles and chapters on narcissism, more than any other academic researcher. He is also a contributing author of the study on the rise in narcissism covered by the Associated Press. His research has appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, and The Washington Post, and he has been featured on Fox News’ The Big Story and made numerous radio appearances. He holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.

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