A number of readers sent me links to reports of a new study about the rising tide of Narcissism among the offspring of the baby boomers, who wrote some of the major chapters on Narcissism:
Today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.
"We need to stop endlessly repeating 'You’re special' and having children repeat that back," said the study’s lead author, Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University. "Kids are self-centered enough already."
Twenge and her colleagues, in findings to be presented at a workshop Tuesday in San Diego on the generation gap, examined the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find a link to the actual study, which may not have been published yet. Nonetheless, there are a number of important points that can be made about the study, based on the description of the study instrument, the reporting of the study, and the words of the authors.