The following is excerpted from “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation,”Time magazine, May 20, 2013:
“The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that’s now 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health; 57% more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982. Millennials got so many participation trophies growing up that a recent study showed that 40% believe they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance. … Millennials consist, depending on whom you ask, of people born from 1980 to 2000. … because of globalization, social media, the exporting of Western culture and the speed of change, millennials worldwide are more similar to one another than to older generations within their nations. … In the U.S., millennials are the children of baby boomers, who are also known as the Me Generation, who then produced the Me Me Me Generation, whose selfishness technology has only exacerbated. … Millennials have come of age in the era of the quantified self, recording their daily steps on FitBit, their whereabouts every hour of every day on PlaceMe and their genetic data on 23 and Me. … They got this way partly because, in the 1970s, people wanted to improve kids’ chances of success by instilling self-esteem. … All that self-esteem leads them to be disappointed when the world refuses to affirm how great they know they are. … What millennials are most famous for besides narcissism is its effect: entitlement.”
Do you know any narcissists?