The Narcissus Curve


Self-love: New data suggests students today are convinced of their own greatness regardless of whether they’ve accomplished anything…

Heh. These crazy kids are sooooo behind the curve on this trend – we have a president who was elected to TWO terms with no accomplishments and a huge sense of entitlement.

Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror.

Young people’s unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966.

Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years.

Pyschologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being ‘above average’ in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.

But in appraising the traits that are considered less invidualistic – co-operativeness, understanding others, and spirituality – the numbers either stayed at slightly decreased over the same period.

Researchers also found a disconnect between the student’s opinions of themselves and actual ability.

While students are much more likely to call themselves gifted in writing abilities, objective test scores actually show that their writing abilities are far less than those of their 1960s counterparts.

7 thoughts on “The Narcissus Curve

  1. Utah,

    You are not serving yourself well by continuing to post articles such as this one. If you continue, you may be drafted out of retirement. Employment be damned, my friend, your nation may not be able to afford to lose your voice!

    [BTW: I am not joking.]

  2. While I agree in principle with your point Joe…..I have to call Foul…!!!

    You are not being nearly Narcissistic ENOUGH !!!

    • Don,

      Is this directed toward me? If so, you got me: I’m not understanding what you’re trying to tell me (sorry, I’m feeling abnormally dense today). If not, then there you go: abnormally dense 😉

      • Just jokin around…meaning you weren’t focusing on your-self as the Bamster (and his younger supporters ) would as is their normal knee-jerk reaction to everything.

        • Don,

          I wasn’t sure if my brain housing group was functioning properly or not. Thanks for clearing that up for me. (systems check seems to indicate I’m OK — for now, anyway 😉 )

          • For now??!! B., you never get a joke.

            I think M. was very clear that you must never trust a man in tights……………… wearing heels. (They are the worst as they have too lofty an opinion of themselves.)

            • According to hollywood ….Robin hood……and EVEN ( GASP !) Elen DeGeneris, occasionally tights and heals !

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