This post about Narcissistic Personality Disorder has one serious flaw. It has NO paragraph breaks, making it extremely difficult to read. Sorry, I had to mention that because not having paragraph breaks is really overwhelmingly bad. But I managed to get through the whole thing. It’s an excellent description of a kind of person we have all met.
As the essay says, we all have narcissistic tendencies. I wonder if there’s something about the modern world that encourages and rewards these tendencies and that’s why we’re seeing so much narcissistic behavior. Perhaps some popular psychological theories, which narcissists allegedly disdain, are actually a contributing factor. The “experts” push self-esteem and self fulfillment and though consideration for others is still taught it is overshadowed by the appeal of thinking about and doing for oneself.
I hesitate to say this because it’s an unpopular viewpoint but I especially hate what has happened to womanhood. Our role used to be nurturing but now young women are encouraged to have careers and to seek self-fulfillment. Those things are fine but it seems to me that it’s translated too far into a culture of Self. Having a career is great, self-esteem and self-fulfillment are great, but we shouldn’t act as if nurturing and other traditionally feminine things are outdated.