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Narcissism Grows More Common Among Youth


Aired 4/19/09

Tom Fudge: It's seems typical of middle-aged folks that they consider young people to be disrespectful and full of themselves. But last year, psychologist Jean Twenge published a book that seemed to say that today's harrumphing codgers actually have a point. Twenge is a professor at San Diego State, and she published a book called Generation Me . The book referenced academic research going back decades. It found that people born, since the 1970s, are more focused on themselves than any previous American generaton in recent history.

Tomorrow, the paperbook edition of Generation Me is due out. And it includes some new information on the specific subject of narcissism. You guessed it -- the young generation is also the most narcissistic in recent times. Jean Twenge joins me to talk about her new research, and the book , Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled -- and More Miserable than Ever Before .  


  • Jean Twenge, associate professor of psychology at SDSU. She is a co-author of the narcissism study. Also author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled -- and More Miserable Than Ever Before.

Break Music:
  The Fever by Bonobo, from the album Days to Come (2006)

End Music:   A Message From The Meters by The Meters, from the album Zony Mash (2003)


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