The annual American Freshman Survey, which has surveyed about 9 million US students since 1966, provided some interesting results this year. It “suggests students today are convinced of their own greatness regardless of whether they’ve accomplished anything.” Does any of this sound like their Dear Leader?
However, one in four recent students responded to a questionnaire called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory with results pointing towards narcissistic self-assessments.
Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or vanity; self-admiration, or being self-centered.
Twenge said that’s a trait that is often negative and destructive, and blames its boom on several trends – including parenting styles, celebrity culture, social media, and easy credit – for allowing people to seem more successful than they really are.