Tuesday, June 2, 2009

review: the narcissism epidemic by jean m. twenge & w. keith campbell

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Hmmm...I guess I'll buy the argument these two Associate Professors of Psychology are making in The Narcissism Epidemic. I am a little biased about this subject apparently. According to the authors, I just might be a bit of a narcissist! I have a website that starts with "my;" I think people actually care about what I have to say about the books I read; and I work in TV. But I did find it interesting that Twenge and Campbell were able to make a link between an increase in narcissism and school/public place shootings. Since the shooters in most of the cases aren't alive to give the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) to, the authors instead compared statements the shooters made to items found on the NPI. They found a number of similarities. With that section, Twenge and Campbell sold me on a narcissism trend at least being worthy of study.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Atria Books.

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