Friday, December 31, 2010

Kids These Days

A study reports "that college students’ self-reported empathy has declined since 1980, with an especially steep drop in the past 10 years," and that "during this same period students’ self-reported narcissism has reached new heights"— Empathy Declining: ‘The American Personality Is Shifting In An Ominous Direction’.

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OpenID danightman said...

I've often thought that people in many strata of society are behaving more like psychopaths than human beings, and I've wondered why that might be.

In seeing the sophistry of nihilism as presented by Nietzche (discussed by Peter Kreeft), my answer now is "could it be your philosophy?"

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Indeed. With the family, the basic unit of any society, under such assault, is it any wonder that this reversion to barbarism is occurring?

6:27 PM  
Blogger Hanna said...

Dr. Drew, a reality-show celebrity and (in my humble opinion) a bit of a narcissist himself, has written a pretty interesting book on the topic: "The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America."

3:30 PM  

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