Grandiose Narcissism in Today's World of Social Media

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Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new University of Michigan (2013) study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture's growing levels of narcissism. Dr. Twenge of San Diego State University studied more than 16,400 students who took the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006. In 1982, only a third of the students scored above average on the test. Today that number is over 65%. Dr. Twenge warns that narcissists lack empathy, overreact to criticism, and favor themselves over others. They are incapable of cheering anyone else’s success. Ultimately, they led miserable lives because they cannot form and maintain healthy relationships. (Aspen Education, 2011) Today’s generation or the millenial generation has been well known for being the narcissistic generation. The term “Narcissistic” was coined from the story of Narcissus in Greek Mythology(Karrenbrock, 2012) Narcissus loved himself too much. The Millenial generation had dedicated a lot of contribution to this because of loving oneself too much like Narcissus. This gave way to Narcissism. There are two kinds of narcissism: the vulnerable narcissism and the grandiose narcissism. This study focused on grandiose narcissism or grandiosity. Grandiosity, as defined by Psychology Today, means an unrealistic sense of superiority, a sustained view of oneself as better than others that prompts narcissists to view others with disdain and view them as inferior. It also

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