Narcissism Today

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Extreme appreciation or interest in one’s physical appearance is known as narcissism. The narcissistic personality type is closely related to extensive self-focus, an exaggerated sense of grandiosity, and a powerful desire for praise and admiration. Narcissism is accompanied by a high sense of entitlement, lack of empathy, and a need for adulation. Unfortunately, narcissism is on the rise in today’s modern world. Narcissism at extremes reflects shallow values, less intellectual interest, aggression, and a lack of sympathy and concern for others.

A narcissistic society can be thought of as a deep and lonely place full of anxiety and depression because narcissists are people who have an inflated sense of self-importance and unmatched capabilities.

Everyday life of individuals is affected by narcissism. Narcissists exhibit certain traits which tend to bring adverse impacts on their daily life, such as:

  • Extreme self-focus
  • Grandiosity feelings
  • Exaggerated sense of self
  • Selfishness
  • Exploitative behavior
  • Need for appreciation and admiration
  • Exaggerated sense of entitlement
  • Lack of sympathy
  • Feelings of self-importance
  • Self-centeredness
  • Failure to distinguish self from external objects
  • Identity interference
  • Superficial relationships
  • Need for recognition
  • Extreme interest in physical appearance
  • Requiring extra attention
  • Feeling of boredom and emptiness
  • Arrogant behaviors
  • Considering oneself to be special and unique
  • Preoccupation with fantasies such as success, power beauty, and love

These characteristics of narcissists bring trouble to themselves and pose a serious threat to others.

Narcissism promotes leadership qualities in narcissists. The emergence of leadership can be a positive quality for narcissists but can be negative for society. Because of the negative aspects accompanied by narcissism such as arrogance, exploitative tendencies, and lack of empathy, a narcissistic leader can be bad for society. Narcissists can fool others easily and are highly incompetent because they consider themselves highly efficient. Narcissistic people are susceptible to money problems. As narcissists avoid taking risks, therefore, are prone to addiction problems. Narcissists in workplace environments spread negativity as they consider themselves superior to others. They overestimate their performance as they always expect themselves to do well. Narcissists lack delay of gratification in seductive environments. They lack advice-seeking as they consider themselves right. Narcissists give negative reactions to failure as it is hard for them to accept. They give high reactions to setbacks in their lives and are not able to bear high pressure. Narcissists lack empathy which gives rise to narcissism in society. As narcissists only care about themselves, they bring an enormous impact on society and their surroundings.

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We are living in a culture of escalating narcissism. Narcissism on an individual level can affect the culture. Any culture that tends to focus on individuality instead of collectivity, promotes higher levels of narcissism. This is because individualistic cultures focus on personal gains and ignore collective benefits. Collective harmony is in lack in such cultures. Narcissistic cultures tend to possess the following major characteristics:

  • Exaggerated narcissistic admiration
  • Greater narcissistic tendencies
  • Grandiosity
  • Interference in cultural values
  • Social motives are disregarded
  • Lack of harmony
  • No collective achievements
  • Manipulation of others
  • Lack of synchronization
  • Shallow values
  • Heightened levels of aggression
  • Less intellectual interest

Narcissists in workplaces engage in manipulative behaviors and negatively influence others. They undermine the morale and integrity of their sub ordinances and make others feel inferiority complex. They show no appreciation for others and only think of themselves as efficient. They show no courtesy and sympathy to their employees. Because of their higher sense of grandiosity, they pose arrogant attitudes and behaviors, and their reactions are on the top. Narcissists constantly look for praise and admiration from their superiors and peers. They look for recognition for every single achievement. Narcissists fantasize about being in absolute power and love to control their employees. Narcissists are unable to manage criticism at work. Narcissists always want special treatment. All these behaviors at the workplace promote:

  • Lack of teamwork and unity
  • Team conflicts
  • No team collaboration at all
  • Decrease in the efficiency of employees
  • Lower levels of employee engagement
  • Tarnished image of desired work culture
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Social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram highly promote narcissism in individuals. These platforms focus on sharing personalized information such as images and opinions which create a sense of grandiosity. Oversharing on the other hand such as taking selfies and posting them too frequently by youngsters is too much affected by narcissism. The higher the amount of social media content posted, the higher the levels of grandiosity in narcissism. So increased use of social media contributes to a rise in narcissistic traits in people.

On the other hand, narcissists are using social media as a medium to express themselves. They use social media to satisfy their pride and ego. Narcissists like to share things that reflect them as masters. They take pride in showing such things to others. Social media promotes:

  • More frequent selfies
  • Higher levels of grandiosity
  • Lot of social media friends
  • Preoccupation with social status
  • Career success
  • Boasting off financial status
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Long-term Effects of Narcissism

Narcissistic abuse impacts society adversely on a long-term basis. Mostly they are:

  • Mood disorders in people
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Physical ailments
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Stomach aches
  • Inability to sleep well
  • Unable to eat well
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Suffering from nightmares
  • Lowered sense of self-worth
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Manipulative behaviors

The impact of narcissism on individuals and society is irrevocable and the destruction it causes is irreparable. It can take a lot of effort and time to minimize the effects of narcissism from society. There are various effective ways to control it, such as:

  1. You need to accept your feelings and emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety. You need recognition of your feelings and try not to suppress them
  2. You need to open yourself to constant criticism to grow.
  3. You need to educate yourself by learning the characteristics of narcissism in a better way.
  4. You need to analyze the situations when you are being manipulated.

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Written by: Tahira Rubab Hafeez

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