Johnny can’t read or write. But he sure does feel good about himself:
Twenge and her colleagues, in findings to be presented at a workshop Tuesday in San Diego on the generation gap, examined the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006.
The researchers describe their study as the largest ever of its type and say students’ NPI scores have risen steadily since the current test was introduced in 1982. By 2006, they said, two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, 30 percent more than in 1982.
This is chalked up to an outgrowth of the self-esteem movement in the 1980s. My parents (teachers) hated this idea. Self-esteem comes from accomplishments. No one is entitled to anything. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.