Essay on A Psychological Aspect Of Healthy Adolescent Development

1036 Words Sep 25th, 2014 5 Pages
As a young adult, one may be confronted with physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that involve adjustments that one has learned and is still learning. The fulfillment of accomplishing certain social, economic, and familial obligations during this stage of life often promotes high self-esteem. In fact, an important aspect of healthy adolescent development involves a positive emotional evaluation of one’s self and one’s achievements. Having high self-esteem normally appears as an indicator of positive emotional health, but excessive high self-esteem may relate to high risks of internal, negative consequences especially when one is presented a difficult or challenging task. When an adolescent has an inflated sense of self-confidence and self-esteem, he or she is characterized as a narcissist, defined as someone who exhibits narcissism. Lowen (1983) describes a narcissist as a person who is preoccupied with him-or herself to the exclusion of everyone else (p. 6). Kearney and Trull (2012) note that people who are narcissistic display grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others (p.291). They believe that they are the best at whatever they do, and they obsess over themselves in order to feel superior.
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By definition, narcissists are anxious for social approval or attention. The narcissist cannot control this need and the attendant anxiety because he requires external feedback to regulate his labile sense of self-worth…

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