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Narcissistic behavior among young people

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Damien Lee, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    These days, we encounter more folks displaying narcissistic behavior. Partly, it may have to do with the rise of social media platforms and an underlying pop culture that is focused on bling and decadence. I've noticed that narcissism is not limited to adults, but a growing number of kids and teenagers are exhibiting this nasty trait. This is a point of concern and I hope there is a way to turn this trend around.

    Are you finding that younger people are becoming more narcissistic in your neck of the woods?

    Do you feel that anything can be done to reverse this?
  2. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    I have definitely taken a notice to narcissistic behavior in my neck of the woods. I don't think it's beyond repair, but we now have narcissists raising children, since today's adults grew up in the social media era. The selfie is a normal thing nowadays, which is quite odd when you think about it. We are so consumed in ourselves.
  3. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    God, I am guilty of posting selfies on Facebook back when I used it. I had no idea it was a narcissistic trait, lol, but looking back I can see why it is considered one. Well, back then I was feeling so lonely and really craved the attention, because i was dealing with a lot depression and needed to get some approval. Now I am not like that at all: no longer use Facebook and I no longer crave someone else's approval.

    But e are definitely raising a whole generation of kings and queens... wait for it world, this new generation will suck so badly. It's all on the parents and the upbringing they offer to their kids. Stop praising them over every little thing they do! Over praising is bad and will start sounding so empty even when you mean it.
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  4. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    With their smartphones, social media accounts and large groups of friends, children these days are often more narcissistic than we were at their age. But nothing can be done to reverse the process, sadly. You just can't cut off their internet and prohibit their access to social media, as even school assignments are communicated through it nowadays. The best one can do is explaining them that spending so much time doing nothing is bad for them and they should spend that time smarter.
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  5. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    Yes I do! Sometimes I would like to think what has happened to my generation. Too many kids wanting instant gratification. Too many kids thinking they are self entitled to whatever they want. It's just too much.
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  6. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think it has a lot to do with media. The culture is basically so far away from reality that it is ridiculous. There's no surprise that kids have no sense of respect. We can basically instill values in our homes with are families. You can't let social media or TV raise your kids.
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  7. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    Absolutely spot on! :)

    I think parents should take more responsibility for their children's behavior. Whenever I'm at a restaurant or on vacation somewhere, I've noticed so many parents just hand over their smartphones to their kids, just to keep them occupied. This time could be better spent if parents would interact with their children and instill in them, sound values.
  8. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    Narcissistic behavior just reveals the underlying true heart condition of the person. It shows that they are not truly happy. They are looking for outside approval, likes, the praises of people, in order to feel good about themselves! I know someone who posts seductive (not all the time) selfies all the times. They do it for the likes and attention. It's sad really. They're just looking for acceptance.
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  9. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I have also noticed a lot of this among younger kids and it is not a good trait to have. I think it also stems from some of the passive parenting that happens now. Kids are put on a pedestal and parents try to act more like friends than parents these days. There is a fine line you can't cross.
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  10. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    Nowadays the young generations had a mere big difference in terms of personality and character traits compared to the young generations of the past. Kids now are more vocal about their freedom that sometimes they take it for granted the good advice and reminders of their parents. They are acting as if they know everything and can protect themselves all alone even without their parents on their side. It is just sad to know that it is happening right now in our society.
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  11. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    I don't really blame the kids entirely for their behavior. A big part of the problem is that their parents haven't spent enough time to talk and discipline their kids. And by discipline, I don't mean hitting or shouting at their children. But being stern enough and showing them the correct way of going about things. Even reducing or taking away their privileges to internet access and smart phones, depending on the severity of their behavior.
  12. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    In the news it shows everyday how young teens think they deserve everything and just recently in New Zealand, where I am from some teens tried to rob a store, were drunk and had meth but got caught and now will face the consequences. Parents need to see who their children hang out and what sort of things they do as well, so need to correct them and teach them about the way of life and how to behave as well. It is interesting to see what changes can happen when the children are disciplined and behave well, as parents will be responsible for the behavior of the children if they do anything wrong.
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  13. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    Very well put. I was unaware that such an event happened in New Zealand. Obviously, these teens were not brought up well and their parents are to blame on how they turned out. A bit of discipline would've done them some good and steered them on a far better path.
  14. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    That is exactly the case of the youth here nowadays. They are more concern of their appearance than their studies and they spend a lot of time "grooming and impressing". They know very little about household chores and act as if they do not need to do other things aside from being online or whatever they desire. The parents should be guiding their kids properly and not just giving all they want.