09
May
13

Narcissism over time

Sometimes I get upset on this blog about narcissism. I thought I had license to do this because the work of Jean Twenge and others supports the idea that there is a marked increase in the narcissism of the current generation, when compared as an age cohort to other age cohorts. Thus, even though newspapers are constantly, i.e., in every decade, saying that narcissism was dangerously on the rise, I thought there was actually some data supporting the truth of that claims THIS TIME AROUND.

In an effort at fairness, some new studies have come out challenging the data used in making this conclusion.

http://pps.sagepub.com/content/5/1/58.full#T3

This second one got cited in the Atlantic. It seems less powerful, but frustratingly, I just don’t know enough about statistics to understand most of what is said.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3020091/#R23

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