Laurie Helgoe argues that today’s American cultures seems to encouraging an increasing degree of destructive narcissism in both private and public life. A snippet:
As much as destructive narcissism consumes relationships, American culture has a particular talent for feeding the beast. Where there is narcissism, there is drama, and reality TV is ready to capture it. Divas with big jewelry and dyed hair, so-called victims whose attacks on others are always justified, spew venom to the camera. Slighted bullies. Commentators with their authoritative take on the world get more and more room to openly insult the object of their commentary. Bullies only defending their positions. A billionaire tycoon flaunts his power over his celebrity staff, barking out “You’re fired!” as the recurring punchline.