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The Age of Narcissism

After becoming obsessed with Instagram stories and dedicating 20 minutes of every day to perve on all the mundane (but so exciting) details of the lives of strangers, I started wondering if we’ve all turned into a bunch of self indulgent narcissists? Really, why would anyone care about my morning coffee consumption, shopping habits or bedtime routine? Are we living in the Age of Narcissism? Given the vanity is rife and voyeurism is a socially acceptable sport are we all suffering from borderline narcissism disorder?

As led by celebrity and dominant pop culture it’s becoming a social norm for vanity to prevail and narcissistic behaviour to be widely acceptable as common behaviour.

Here’s some clues to spot the everyday narcissist:

  • Extroverts are often mis-defined as narcissists because they’re loud, and therefore difficult to ignore. However, being loud does not a narcissist make. Extroverts feel best when they are around people and love to be socially active, which isn’t a defining trait for narcissists.
  • Narcissists are generally self obsessed and incredibly self involved. They may consistently steer conversations back around to themselves or initiate conversations to talk blatantly about themselves or gain positive reassurance for their thoughts or actions.
  • They often forget details, or conversation topics. This is because they quickly become disengaged during conversations about things other than themselves.
  • They are driven by an agenda, and for the most part their actions are planned for their benefit or gain.
  • If they’re challenged or their competence is questioned they’re quick to react and are usually defensive and combative. This is because they have to defend their fragile (but large) ego.
  • They don’t work collaboratively, it’s their way or the highway.
  • They have a complex set of self protection mechanisms that they use when challenged, or disagreed with. These include anger, intimidation, exasperation, belittlement.
  • They have a heightened sense of self and think they are more intelligent, better looking and capable than others and believe they deserve special treatment.
  • Narcissists have issues being empathetic because of their inherent selfishness.
  • The most interesting insight about narcissists is that many of them suffer from low self esteem, and this is the dominant driver in their obsessive drive for fame, fortune or power. These achievements outwardly compensate for and help quieten their wavering self worth.  
  • Suspect you’ve found a narcissist? Poke around a little and push their buttons, then gauge their reaction. If they respond with anger or irrational criticism you can be pretty certain with your diagnosis.

JLM x

P.s – Famous narcissists include: Hitler, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Stalin, Ted Bundy and Paris Hilton

Posted by    |   June 5th, 2017   |   No Comments

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