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Sorry haters of the selfie culture, we’re not more narcissistic today

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We’re not becoming more narcissistic as a society as critics of the “selfie generation” often muse.

According to behavioral social scientists, there is such a thing as “normal narcissism” which is unlike the true form of narcissism, which is a verified psychological disorder.

This excerpt from the Penn State University blog explains:

We are, in fact, no more narcissistic than we were decades ago…

“I don’t think people are usually referring to a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) when they toss around the term ‘narcissism’ today,” says Aaron Pincus, Penn State professor of psychology.

“Narcissism has both normal and pathological forms of expression,” he explains. “Most of the recent media coverage has focused on what I refer to as normal narcissism. It’s normal for individuals to see themselves in a positive light and to seek out self-enhancement experiences such as successful achievements and competitive victories.”

It’s also normal to want to show off your accomplishments, he says.

“Some people are focused on these things more than others, and some are self-centered to an annoying extent,” but if they can generally manage these needs effectively and “seek out their gratification in culturally and socially acceptable ways, and regulate self-esteem and interpersonal behavior when disappointments are experienced, that’s not pathological narcissism.”

For instance, there are those who “think highly of themselves and will let you know it,” says Pincus, “but in many cases such individuals are also highly accomplished. I think these are the folks most people are referring to when they toss around the term ‘narcissism’ today.”

Read more about what characteristics do make someone a true narcissist. HERE!

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