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January 25, 2011

Jean M. Twenge

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement

Underwritten by Sam & Corinne Aardema-Bosch of Portland, Oregon

Listen to this presentation online on Tuesday, January 25 at 12:30 p.m. (EST). Due to contractual arrangements, this presention will not be archived on the web or made available for purchase.

Jean M. TwengeDr. Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 80 scientific publications and the author and co-author of two books, most recently The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (Free Press, 2009) written with W. Keith Campbell. Her first book is Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before (Free Press, 2006). Accounts of her research have appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, NBC Nightly News, Fox and Friends, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day, in addition to numerous talk radio and local TV appearances. She received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1993 and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1998. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and daughters.

In her books Dr. Jean says understanding the narcissism epidemic is important because its long-term consequences are destructive to society. Perhaps most important, The Narcissism Epidemic discusses treatment – what each of us can do to stop the epidemic of narcissism so corrosive to society.

Learn more

Watch her interview on Calvin's Inner Compass program (Season 11, Episode #1120).

Dr. Jean's first book, "Generation Me,” explored the cultural shifts in self-focus that affected people born after 1970 and — because the trends continued to accelerate — especially those born in the 1980s and '90s. In “The Narcissism Epidemic,” the authors widen their focus to Americans of all ages, and to the entire culture. Younger people bear the brunt of the changes because this is the only world they have ever known, but retirement ads promising extravagant fantasies (own your own vineyard!) suggest that the epidemic has reached far up the age scale.