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March 7th, 2010
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I wanna talk about me
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement is quite good. I think that the authors are very much onto something in their analysis that narcissism has dramatically increased over the past few decades, and that the slope of the increase is itself increasing. The authors spare very few sacred cows - from the debt-fueled conspicuous consumption to sexy photos on myspace, to unwillingness to settle down in relationships, they point out the self-indulgent behavior as they see it.

The central insight of this book, from my perspective, is debunking the common association of narcissism with low self-esteem. The authors' contention is that this modern narcissism is more correlated with a high self-esteem: it isn't that people act out because they're insecure, they really DO think that they're all that.

There are some chunks in the middle where the book drags, and it starts to feel like a Ralph Nader-style scolding, but all in all, it's worth it to get through those bits. The irony of reviewing this book on a personal blog (on a livejournal, no less) is not lost on me, but I love the smell of irony in the morning. Oh wait, it's night...

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