Narcissism on the rise

Pertaining to American books:

Books Increasingly Show It’s All About Me

Researchers who have scanned books published over the past 50 years report an increasing use of words and phrases that reflect an ethos of self-absorption and self-satisfaction.

“Language in American books has become increasingly focused on the self and uniqueness in the decades since 1960,” a research team led by San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge writes in the online journal PLoS One.

Their results are consistent with those of a 2011 study which found that lyrics of best-selling pop songs have grown increasingly narcissistic since 1980. Twenge’s study encompasses a longer period of time—1960 through 2008—and a much larger set of data.

Interestingly, among the 20 individualistic words the researchers searched for, those that experienced the largest increase in usage were “identity,” “personalized,” “self,” “standout” and “unique.”

What’s more, they point out that throughout the time period they studied, “communal words and phrases were more commonly used than the individualistic words and phrases.” So there’s some evidence that our culture hasn’t turned completely narcissistic—yet.

Source: Psmag

And in Facebook, I encounter a culture of anti-sharing. I witness people copying and pasting links again instead of clicking on the Share button so as to not attribute to, perhaps, the lesser source. I guess they just want to be known as having discovered something themselves.

By the way, I use a lot of ‘I’ in my posts. You may think it is a sign of narcissism, but really, it’s just loneliness.

Arrested: 52 year old impersonates son in exam

This is pretty funny. A 52 year old impersonating his son in an examination. He was caught.

Dad impersonating son in exam arrested

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — A 54-year-old Japanese father was arrested after he tried to help his son pass an exam by impersonating the young man and taking the test for him, police said Thursday.

The father, who was not named, put on glasses and straightened his hair to look more like the picture on his son’s identity card, said Masaaki Nakamori, a police official in the Nara prefecture in western Japan.

But as he took the test while trying to make sure the examiners didn’t get a good look at him, one official noticed that the man looked much older than the picture on the card, Nakamori said.

Police expect to charge the man with forging official documents. (Source: CNN)

Weird.