If celebrity narcissism is a social pathogen then it has a large and willing host. Read More
Narcissism is the norm in our entertainment culture...that's why extroverts are the leading personality, and it's designed so that the majority of people reflect this culture. Culture is a social construct -- seems to me that rich and powerful people determine the values and norms of society and who passes for normal.
I think sub-cultures are disappearing...thanks to this deliberate narcissism epidemic. Do you see any goths, emos or punks that much around anymore? Hipsters? Growing up, these people used be the "WEIRD" ones. There is no such thing as the "strong, silent type" either...it's now a disease, classified under the Autism spectrum. Now Introverts have become the "WEIRD" ones -- see how quickly certain personalities/lifestyles are being driven OUT of culture and society? Unless you're in entertainment, individuality and independent thinking are seen as liabilities, and need to be stamped out.
If you have a narcissist and a non-narcissist walk into the doctor's office, the doctor will congratulate the narcissist...give him/her a high-five, pat on the back and send them out the door; meanwhile with the non-narcissist -- the doctor will try to find something wrong with them and ask, "Why haven't you been keeping up with the Kardashians?" Or do you know who Sidney Crosby is and what team he plays for?
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Peggy Drexler, Ph.D. is a research psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University and author of two books about modern families and their children.
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