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Salute To Narcissism


We planning our shows and then having to adjust them based on sudden political developments. Today, however, our planned show is about narcissism, and it's pretty easy to incorporate politics into that.

While he was working on a book called "The Narcisism Epidemic," researcher Keith Campbell, one our guests today, started getting calls from friends and relatives who had, essentially, new narcissist  sightings.

My favorite was an SUV, parked in a no parking zone, facing the wrong way, blocking a stop sign, and wearing a bumper sticker that said "I heart Me."

The vignette makes two important points. If narcissism were a quiet epidemic, we might not be doing this show. But over the last 20 years, proclaiming one's self-regard has become a trope. Assuming the rules don't apply to special and perfect me is another trope.

That, plus the latest in politics, today on the Colin McEnroe Show.