Essay about New Narcissism
1: Introduction of Narcissism
In Greek mythology Narcissus was a hero from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. In the various stories he is exceptionally cruel, because he despises those who love him. As divine punishment he falls in love with a reflection in a pool, not realizing it was his own, and perishes there, not being able to leave the beauty of his own reflection.
The term narcissism is closely linked to vanity, conceit and egotism and is a behavior where often young people think that the rest of the world is interested in them and their views.
A professor Jean Twenge from San Diego University has done a survey about narcissistic young people. She has asked more than 16.000 …show more content…
Jean Twenge thinks that it is parents’ fault that their children become narcissistic. Parents are too overprotective with their children, and they make them feel like they are the most important in the whole world. This makes the children believe that they can do anything, so they set unrealistic goals for their future.
Jean wrote a book called “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – And More Miserable than Ever Before”. Which describe how the young students react when they don’t achieve their unrealistic goals. They develop into miserable young people who had soaring expectations and crushing realities.
In Jean Twenge’s study, she has asked 16,475 college students across the country in 24 years, which make her survey quite valid. She has done a national survey, from which she can observe how young students have changed with regard to narcissism.
If we look at Jimmy Carter or some of the Psychologist Kali, Brent, or Richard’s opinions in text 3, they would say the exact opposite. According to them, there is found no evidence that levels of narcissism had increased over the time. They have done studies about narcissism, and in