Narcissism epidemic



A good audio presentation here from Jean Twenge, interviewed by Lynne Malcolm.

Interestingly she cited Facebook and reality TV as major sources along with overly doting parents (you’re so special) and easy credit to live out the fantasy life.

She has been saying this for years, even at a conference in Melbourne over 3 years ago.

A study Jean Twenge  conducted of 16,000 university students across the US showed 30 per cent were narcissistic in psychological tests, compared with 15 per cent in 1982. ”They are all 18 and 19-year-olds, so this is clearly a generational shift,”

Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University


Of course there are subtle aspects to this the overconfidence of narcissism makes successful stock traders overconfident. Over confidence is good in a rising market but disastrous in a falling market as trader will have fewer fall back positions and be poorly hedged. While traditional investment theory states market generally rise, traditional market theory was developed in an environment where oil supply was expanding one decade to the next. So now there is no great expansion in oil, our specially preened narcissists at the helm of the financial system are a liability rather than a benefit. The only way to expand the financial system is to encourage horde of young narcissists to create debt-money with credit card spending, its no surprise this epidemic has been encouraged.


Facebook; one of the most insidious tools of narcissism was funded by people with links to shadowy connections in the US government. Seriously how could you run a site with hundreds of millions of users without receiving money from somewhere, think about where that somewhere was/is.


This of course bring us to the first Facebook president, Obama. Obama campaigned  heavily on Facebook edging out Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to go head to head with McCain, was it not for Facebook, likely Hillary would have got the nomination. Look at the narcissism overdrive we see in Obama, two Auto biographies before 45.


It all reminds me of a quote I remember from an occupier.

Nick Carson, Oh my god, what a narcissist! He hijacked Occupy Melbourne.

The worst part was that there were a hundred more just like him, waiting around ready to take his place.


At OM a problem we could see that was hard to address was gen Y hipster narcissists, and narcissists in general. The kind of self deluded people living in a self constructed fantasy world who will lie, cheat and steal if it gets them what they want. Narcissists think they are smart and greatly able, but its only because they thrown all of their failures into a memory hole or blame some one else for it. Narcissism the disease that will rot any community, tents or no tents.



Roughly 1 in 3 in Gen Y is clinically a narcissist, that’s very scary considering how much and how fast this delusion has grown in just a generation, what if its 50% in the next generation?


Not only are we living in a post peak oil world, we are living in a post peak sanity world.

Posted on May 29, 2014, in Art, Bailouts & Banks, Education, Media, Meme, Narcissism, Psychology, Reblogged and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Edited to correct so grammatical errors. Hey I’m not perfect and I accept that, I wish more people could have this viewpoint. Occasionally we make mistakes and we need to accept those mistakes, learn from the experience and attempt to grow from it. otherwise there is a risk one will become a emotionally stunted child in a world of grown-ups, or worse still a world of other narcissists clawing each others eyes out.

  2. grumpycat333

    I think there is some confusion as to what narcissim really is. I don’t really have a problem with people who are young and attractive (or even older and attractive)taking a few selfies in the bedroom . That’s just good old fashioned vanity and it’s so easy now to take lots of photos too. What I have a problem with is the sense of entitlement that i sensed in the young generation at OM. They wanted to run the show and could not even clean up after themselves. I believe that this sort of behaviour has been created by modern parenting and the education system rather than Facebook. It’s interesting to note that young people are actually abandoning Facebook, probably because they can’t stand all the competition from their peers. Older people (over 30) use Facebook as a community notice board to share information. But I don’t want to generalize too much, i know many lovely young people and a few older assholes.

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