It’s all about me

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.

Listen now:
Part 1

Part 2

The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism is written by Anne Manne and published by Random House (imprint: Melbourne University Press).

Extra reading
+ 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.

Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 12 July 2014.
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