By: Kim Moreland|Published: September 21, 2006 2:11 PM
Most of us are instinctively aware that America is becoming a nation cluttered with narcissistic individuals, and we also know that you couldnâ€™t swing a cat by its tail in Hollywood party filled with celebrities without hitting plenty of Narcissusias.
A forthcoming study about narcissism among celebrities will soon be published in the Journal of Research and Personality by psychiatrist and â€œLovelineâ€ radio show host Drew Pinsky.
Iâ€™ll let you read the information about Dr. Pinsky and the study in Robin Abcarianâ€™s LA Times article, but what interests me is the idea that the word narcissism seems to have lost its pejorative status.
In her article, Abcarian writes, â€œResearchers distinguish between normal or healthy narcissism and excessive narcissismâ€¦.â€ Correct me if Iâ€™m wrong, but didnâ€™t we once use different words for a healthy regard of one's selfâ€”words like self-assured or self-confident? One builds confidence over time from things like self-discipline, learning, practicing virtue, and faith.
Narcissism is the opposite of self-confidence because it refers to someone who is self-absorbed, conceited, or egocentric, and ultimately empty of things that count. The person is self-indulgent, irrational, boring and unpleasant to be around.
I guess people have stopped reading cautionary fairy tales about narcissistic individuals who gaze at their own reflection and waste away to nothing.