Educating Today's Overindulged Youth: Combat Narcissism by by Chad Mason

By Chad Mason

This booklet examines narcissistic, self-absorbed attitudes and behaviors of people and the results of those attitudes and behaviors at the American tuition procedure, discussing a number of concepts to strive against narcissism in colleges.

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By Chad Mason

This booklet examines narcissistic, self-absorbed attitudes and behaviors of people and the results of those attitudes and behaviors at the American tuition procedure, discussing a number of concepts to strive against narcissism in colleges.

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Thus it is critical that as the child experiences this new disapproval and vulnerability, the caregiver’s response enables him to also experience empathy, emotional recovery, self-control, and reassurance. The child begins to lose his delusions of grandeur and respect the caregiver as a separate being with interests, needs, and feelings independent of his own. This process, known as separation/individuation, or as “learning autonomy versus shame” by developmental psychologist Erik Erikson, normally lasts until about age four.

In addition to discussing what Sally did not learn, it is equally important to examine the unspoken messages that Sally may have gleaned from her parents’ reaction. She is simply taught the unspoken message that she is a fragile 36 Chapter Five and delicate child incapable of taking care of herself. This particular message—especially when repeated again and again—has lasting consequences for children. They should feel empowered to handle adversity appropriately, which is best learned through experience.

As explained earlier, this is especially true if the teens’ basic needs are not appropriately met and they do not emerge with a balanced view of themselves. Physiologically, according to renowned author and speaker Dr. Riera (2003), a teenager’s brain again undergoes extensive growth, especially in the areas that control rational thinking and decision making. In Riera’s words, “teenagers’ impulses are way ahead of their abilities to control them” (2003, p. 23). Similarly, LiveScience staff writer Goudarzi (2006) cites a study that suggests a teenager’s brain may be incapable of processing compassion, empathy, and guilt as adults would.

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