Posts Tagged ‘narcissism’

No one is innocent.
– Ronnie Biggs

In language that mirrors dialogue from The Walking Dead, we decry the destructive rise of narcissism. We write self-help books on how to identify, avoid, manage and escape the narcissists among us. We refine our diagnostic standards for narcissism and we study our navel-gazing young people.

We re-diagnose past dictators, mass murderers and influential leadersthrough the newly polished lens of narcissism. We talk about our whole culture as a kind of Petri dish in which narcissists happily grow, and in which the rest of us who are not infected are at constant risk of harm.

Narcissism is the current favoured scapegoat for our interpersonal and social ills.

There can be little doubt that narcissism as we have defined it is on the increase, and has been for some decades. A search of everything from song lyrics to peer-reviewed journal articles shows both an increasingly self-focused social and individual psychology and an exponential interest in how to manage this new-found pathology.

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HAVE you noticed how narcissism is the topic du jour? We just can’t stop talking about it. Like kale, it’s taken over all the self-help menus.

If you’ve been reading some of the pieces about malignant self love that have sprung up everywhere and feeling a little cringey because some of this stuff is a bit familiar, please take heart.

Or if someone dear to you has been gently trying to point out that it sometimes feels like it’s all about you, don’t panic. If you do suffer from narcissism, it’s not because you chose to. Whether you’re a little narcissistic, or you’re suffering a full-blown case of self-absorption, the seeds were sown a very long time ago.

The signs can be hard to recognise in yourself, but there are a few key things that in combination are particular to narcissism. Do these three things ring a bell for you?

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