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Looking in the Mirror: Social Media, Self-Perception, and Humility in Our Narcissistic Culture

Video from The Table Biola CTT

Social Media narcissism is epidemic in our culture.

Certainly not everyone on social media is a narcissist, but it’s where these people tend to hang out.

Living on social media is neither healthy nor likely to make you happy. It’s important to address this obsession if you have it. But finding out you are a social media narcissist isn’t always easy.

What we talk about when we address an explosion of modern narcissism is not the disorder but the rise in narcissistic traits. Examples of this are everywhere. Donald Trump is a prime example of a lack of empathy, excessive self-regard and the radical overestimation of his own talents and likability.

“It could be that there’s a wider cultural increase in narcissism in the west that’s then reflected back in social media. For social media to have become so popular there has to have been pre-existing narcissism.” psychologist Ciarán Mc Mahon, director at the Institute of Cyber Security

“We’ve broken ourselves into bite-sized chunks. We are infinitely more complex than a selfie or 140 characters. If we believe that’s who we are, it becomes impossible to tolerate the complexity of ourselves and other people. It’s a huge struggle to be authentic warts and all, and social media isn’t helping,” Lucy Clyde, Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Listen to this video as Dr. Krumrei-Mancuso and Dr. Peter Hill discuss what it means to have a healthy self-perception in an image obsessed culture, suggesting that humility has a vital role to play in this task.

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