Is there an "Ego Epidemic"?

Sara - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




I just read the following article and thought it might be 'debate worthy'

A study from the University of San Diego suggests that narcissism is on the increase. Symptoms that define the condition include an inflated sense of one's own importance, a sense of entitlement (eg: to fame, good looks, or a particular job), vanity, overconfidence, materialism, an inability to empathise with others, and difficulty accepting criticism.

The study looked at over 35,000 people and found that six percent of them had experienced a clinically diagnosed narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Interestingly, the condition was three times more likely to occur in younger, university-aged women...

What do you think of this study?
Do you think people are becoming more vain?
What factors do you think in our changing society may be contributing to these findings?


JL - posted on 03/02/2010




I think the younger generations I have noticed there is a level of vanity growing in the sense that they think they are great at everything and incapable of failue.

Like Krista said parents are sheltering their kids from disappointment and criticism. Just watch the first weeks of American Idol and you will get a taste of how all these teens who cannot sing worth a shit are being encouraged by their parents and told they are amazing.

The media is also contributing with the reality shows that makes it seem like it is so easy to make it big. So many people with no talent are becoming notorious celebrities for what....acting stupid. Take Jersey Shore for example...young people contributing nothing to soceity who have giant egos and think they are so damn hot. People are basically becoming celebrities just for being self entitled and self absorbed and unfortunately those qualities are starting to become the norm amongst younger people.

Krista - posted on 03/02/2010




I think this comes back to the whole idea of self-esteem, and how a lot of parents take things too far. They shelter their kid from any and all setbacks, criticisms and disappointments, because they don't want their child's self-esteem to be damaged. Unfortunately, these children grow into adults with a MAJOR sense of entitlement and a gigantic amount of self-absorption.

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Sara - posted on 03/03/2010




I work on a University Campus, and let me tell you, I absolutely think that kids these days are given too much. I see 18 year olds driving around in $50,000 SUVs and talking on their iPhones, it's flippin' ridonkulous! Those kids have grown up getting whatever they wanted, parents paying for everything. I just don't think those are good values to instill in your child, it's not a crime to make them work for things.

Tah - posted on 03/02/2010




absolutely...have you ever had someone bump you and not even say excuse me..or say something that let you know they felt somehow entitled...and think it is ok..i hear it and see it all the time..i beleive it starts at home..if little jenna always got her way and was raised to feel entitled and be vain..then why would college jenna or married jenna change..chances are..barring a life changing event..she wont...i agree

Isobel - posted on 03/02/2010




I had to bite my tongue when my son's little league team gave everybody a trophy last year...I hate that. I love my kids and I want them to have great self esteem, but I think humility is also a very important lesson.

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Yes! People want to get attention and be noticed even if it's for the wrong reasons. People do everything to boost their own self-esteem and that of their children, with no focus on how they could be building self-esteem in others. I don't think child centered parenting is bad or entirely to blame, but it has played a role in my opinion. There's nothing wrong with having high self-esteem, but there is something wrong when people become obsessed with themselves and the attention they get.

Krista - posted on 03/02/2010




I definitely agree that people are becoming more vain. I watched a CBC documentary a while ago that touched on the same subject. It's especially true with little girls, who grow up wearing t-shirts that say "spoiled" and "princess," and who carry cell phones around in first grade because they're already too important to miss a phone call. We've come so far since women had to fight just for equal rights, that we've gone over the edge! Of course I want my kids to have high self-esteem and to believe that they're special, but we're doing something wrong when we're raising our kids to think that they're better than everyone else. It's even more wrong that, with girls, it seems to be their looks that make them think they're better than others, not their personality or intelligence or successes in life.

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