There’s a reason why our youngest generation has been termed the “me” generation. Never before has technology, smedia and politics been so self-centric and so much about personal entitlement.
In Anne Manne’s latest book The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism, she gives some disturbing news: narcissism is trending up. And it’s manifesting in ways that are violent and detrimental to both individuals and society at large.
The Life of I explores what it means to be a narcissist, the making of a narcissist, and features some famous real life examples: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Brevik, disgraced former world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, and everyone’s favourite neoliberal Ayn Rand.
I caught up with Anne by phone from her home in Victoria, and we talked about Lance, attachment theory, and the rise of narcissism.
The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism is written by Anne Manne and published by Random House (imprint: Melbourne University Press).
+ Anne Manne’s 2006 essay, ‘What about Me: The New Narcissism’, published in The Monthly.
+ Esquire magazine’s article on Lance Armstrong, ‘Lance in Purgatory: The After-Life’.
+ The psychology study The Strange Situation.
Also, take the test: the Narcissistic Personality Inventory.