Dr Drew Pinsky co-author of The Mirror Effect believes it is our celebrity-obsessed culture is causing us to become more narcissistic and states that Narcissism is the predominant personality disorder in America in 2008/9.
Is Australia far behind?
Pinsky’s explanation as to why this is so: Narcissism has eroded into parenting styles. We, as narcissists, try to parent experiencing the child as an emotional extension of ourselves. We can’t tolerate pain for the child — allowing them to be frustrated and to fail. We want to give our kids everything. Parents themselves have become narcissists, along with the rest of the population.
This has now leached into the whole of western society where Consumerism has become equated with Democracy, and Narcissistic selfishness with Success
Pinsky asks the question of how much are young people affected by models of social learning- one of the key rationales of a schooling system. Humans are the only animals who learn by watching other humans. Why don’t we examine human reality here? Why don’t we have that conversation and use it as an opportunity to look at the behavior of people and say “What is it really about? What can we learn and avoid that kind of behavior?