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VINE VOICEon 19 May 2011
There are some popular sociology books that, once read, just can't be forgotten. Their point of view just seems to put everything you've been worrying about in today's world, on some semi-conscious level, into perspective. Suddenly you're seeing the truth of things everywhere, every day. The Narcissm Epidemic is such a book.

This text takes the ideas of entitlement, which were the core of Twenge's earlier book "Generation Me", to their logical conclusion and integrates them into the wider symptoms of nascissism, the destructive self-love that it claims is at the core of many of today's societal ills. American society is apparently teeming with narcissists who are shaping the world to their own selfish ends, and even if you're not an American, you'll be hard pushed to disagree.

Yes, it certainly is very sure of itself but this is the hook of the text: It's written in such an accessible way that you'll start to wonder about your own narcissitic tendencies, examine your own inner narcissist with the true irony of navel-gazing self-absorbtion. But even more fun is the newfound knowledge to spot the narcissist in your office (hint: If you can't tell who it is, it's you), in the bus queue (hint: narcissists probably don't take the bus, or if they do, they jumped the queue), on reality TV (hint: all of them). You'll never look at advertising the same way again, or celebrity, or food packaging, holidays, education, religion, your children, your home or anything that came into existence after around 1989.

I haven't had such a revelation since reading Gilmore and Pine's "Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want" or Goldacre's "Bad Science". The Narcissism Epidemic is written in the easy, accesible style all the best popular science books adopt and yet still has the research to back it all up.

It made me feel really smart, which is probably why I couldn't put it down.
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on 27 February 2014
An extremely thought provoking book addressing an issue in our individualistic, material culture we tend to dismiss. The personal self-obsession this book charts as a strong characteristic of our culture ironcally continually reinforces that avoidance but it is also of course firmly shaped by the political and economic system we allow to control us.

This book tackles that basic issue very well and in a reasonably balanced way, written as it is by a left-leaning Democrat and a libertarian Republican and, although written by Americans for primarily an American audience, it transfers easily to other western societies and, indeed, the developng world. A 'must-read' in many way.
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on 25 February 2017
Some good simple ideas, linking society with individual pathology. Reads a but dated now, but still relevant
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on 10 December 2013
I work with young offenders in an official environment and I welcome all the information I can lay my hands on as regards understanding problems behind modern society, we need more research and urgently on a global basis as I believe things are going to get far worse. This book is very helpful especially to new parents.
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on 27 March 2013
A thought provoking book, with a particular angle of life. Plenty of research quoted and so a view that is difficult to ignore. I doubt anyone could read it without being able to admit 'Hmm, I've noticed that as well'.
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on 25 October 2014
fantastic read, these people exsist.......eveywhere
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on 23 September 2014
Should be enforced reading for all teenagers and parents of!!
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on 17 August 2014
important;vital.if we do not stop the rot it will stop us.bmc.
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on 21 April 2015
Brilliant all-round. Thanks
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on 8 February 2013
It gives an up-to-date impression of American culture Stuff to think about amd discuss with others. Good to compare with other disciplines about this subject.
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