Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Rise of Narcissism

Recently I was perusing a site dealing with psychological issues and I couldn’t help but notice the influx on topics related to narcissism. This made me wonder about this, because it seems that more and more psychologists are having to deal with this issue. It’s not surprising though, because the truth of life is that you reap exactly what you sow.

Most societies of today have succeeded in fostering a culture of Individualism; where people are taught to fend for themselves, where families are small and extended families are rarely in the picture, where children do not stay with parents and move out to be on their own from a very young age. With this culture of individualism has come an independence like never before. People seem to be cut off from one another and interdependence between humans is an uncommon concept. I’m not saying that everything about this type of culture is negative, but it somehow seems that we have taken it a bit too far. In our insistence on individualism and independence, our determination to focus on ourselves, we have somehow managed to create an intense culture of selfishness, where people are so egocentric that other people may as well be invisible. Hence, the rise in narcissism does not come as a surprise to me, because with a “me “culture so intense, what else can we expect.

It’s scary though, to think that narcissism is steadily increasing as days go by. Imagine what things will be like in the future, imagine a world where no one even cares about the next person. I know that things aren’t exactly wonderful right now, but at least altruism and caring for others is still around. At least people still have feelings for fellow humans, at least atrocities against others still affect us; at least we are still not yet so self-absorbed that the world around us has no effect on us at all. Sadly though, if recent trends are anything to go by, then we are on our way to a world filled with narcissists and this does not seem like a world I want to be a part of.

As always I think that the key is balance, we need to be able to find a balance between ourselves and others, a balance between selfishness and selflessness, because without this balance we are bound to be dealing with many issues of concern.

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  1. ****the key is balance, we need to be able to find a balance between ourselves and others, a balance between selfishness and selflessness****

    Zarina, I'm not liking what I am observing in our world. In fact, I'm quite afraid and bewildered and saddened. When I look around, it reminds me of a kind of HELL.

    I have questions for you, which I will send this week. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these.
    Love from Minnesota.

  2. Kim

    We are indeed living in difficult and confusing times, and yes, I too agree that sometimes the world seems like "a kind of HELL."

    I will be happy to answer your questions as best as I can and look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Until then, May you stay in Peace;-)

  3. So true Zarina. We tend to fall on one side or the other, from time to time. But we must work to find balance, you are so right. It's the only way to live fully whatever we have to live.
    In Today's world, we can find so many people centered on themselves. And then when we look deeper we see that there are still people getting together to build and move on.
    We need to teach this to our kids, that they are not alone, but in fact inhabitants of the world.
    Hoping that in your side of the world things are ok. Take care Zarina.

  4. Marie

    There is a lot going on in my side of the world, students are protesting, municipal workers are striking, rain is scarce, but there is always hope, just like you have identified that there is still hope among people of the world. Yes, we need to keep strong faith and work towards good, because this is the only way.

    I hope that all is well with you and Antoine.

    Stay well and in peace always;-)