Narcissism and the Cute Movement
I've speculated before about the psychology of the young people who, in various public demonstrations, seem determined to show everyone else how cute and clever they are. I call it the Cute Movement---Critical Mass, the annual pillow fight downtown, the Parking Day demos, Bay to Breakers, etc.
Likewise, if the kid participates in activities where he gets stickers for “good tries,” he never gets negative feedback on his performance. (All failures are reframed as “good tries.”) According to Twenge, indicators of self-esteem have risen consistently since the 1980s among middle-school, high-school, and college students. But, she says, what starts off as healthy self-esteem can quickly morph into an inflated view of oneself—a self-absorption and sense of entitlement that looks a lot like narcissism. In fact, rates of narcissism among college students have increased right along with self-esteem...
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