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February 15, 2013


We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists

Excellent, pithy article—there is more over at Fox News. I really like the part about how college students believe themselves to be “driven to succeed” while working less. It all goes along with an earlier post about “effort shock” which I think affects us all more than we know. We generally think things should be easier than they really are, and we don’t recognize just how much work goes into being pretty good at something, much less great.

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.
These data are 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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Sarah,
I posted a related article on Soundings.http://sanjoaquinsoundings.blogspot.com/2013/02/lent-as-treatment-for-excessive-self.html
We opened the door with “I’m OK, You’re OK” and now we are at “I Am Special”. Think Lent.

[1] Posted by Fr. Dale on 2-15-2013 at 02:17 PM · [top]

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