Critiquing social media these days is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Singling out the almost mindless narcissism is an easy target, as is pointing to the social media users’ susceptibility to fake news, whether it’s coming out of Russia or Fox News. And with Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, even the most quotidian social media user—the ones who gleefully post photo updates, funny memes, or mild political rants—are starting to rethink their relationship with these platforms, with many (1 in 10 Americans, according to a Techpinions survey) deleting their accounts in protest. But precious few have considered their relationship with social media—or sought account deletion—with the seriousness that Jaron Lanier has. The virtual reality pioneer, musician, and author has been around Silicon Valley for much of his 58 years, and has consulted for a number of its giants (he is currently a researcher affiliated with Microsoft). He’s … [Read more...] about Delete your account
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No one is innocent. Ronnie Biggs In language that mirrors dialogue from The Walking Dead, we decry the destructive rise of narcissism. We write self-help books on how to identify, avoid, manage and escape the narcissists among us. We refine our diagnostic standards for narcissism and we study our navel-gazing young people. We re-diagnose past dictators, mass murderers and influential leaders through the newly polished lens of narcissism. We talk about our whole culture as a kind of Petri dish in which narcissists happily grow, and in which the rest of us who are not infected are at constant risk of harm. Narcissism is the current favoured scapegoat for our interpersonal and social ills. There can be little doubt that narcissism as we have defined it is on the increase, and has been for some decades. A search of everything from song lyrics to peer-reviewed journal articles shows both an increasingly self-focused social and individual psychology and an exponential interest in how to … [Read more...] about If you obsess about narcissism, you are revealing a desire for self-perfection
By Bahadar Ali Khan Published: May 29, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email If the law was actually upheld, this was a plain case of assault, which becomes a felony when against a federal minister. After the incident that recently made headlines, where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Naeemul Haq can be seen slapping his opponent Daniyal Aziz on live television, Haq responded by saying, “Imran Khan praised me.” In an afterthought, he added,“No, he never appreciated the slap.” So did he actually appreciate you or not? Make up your mind! We need to know the answer, for this will tell us what the ‘Naya Pakistan’ is going to look like. We need to know if going forward a macho man persona will be the new currency, or whether some values of the old Pakistan, such as apologising after doing something wrong, will still be around. “But he called me a chor (thief).” Now that’s promising. This justifies the … [Read more...] about “But he called me a thief” – should PTI’s opposition also assault Imran Khan for calling them worse?
Michael Weigold, University of Florida Earlier this month, an Indian man was killed while trying to take a selfie next to a wounded bear. It’s actually the third selfie-related death in India since December: On two separate occasions, elephants ended up taking the lives of people trying to snap images with the mammals. Animals don’t pose the only danger to selfie seekers. Heights have also resulted in fatalities. A Polish tourist in Seville, Spain fell off a bridge and died attempting to take a selfie. And a Cessna pilot lost control of his plane – killing himself and his passengers – while trying to take a selfie in 2014. In 2015, Russian authorities even launched a campaign warning that “A cool selfie could cost you your life.” The reason? Police estimated nearly 100 Russians had died or suffered injuries from attempting to take “daredevil” selfies, or photos of themselves in dangerous situations. Examples included a woman wounded by a … [Read more...] about Why do people risk their lives for the perfect selfie?
Narcissists share certain key behaviours. One of the most common traits associated with narcissists is a lack of empathy, as well as an inability to relate to the emotions of others. While narcissists may appear to have an inflated sense of self-importance, this often stems from low self-esteem and insecurity. Sometimes it seems like we live in a world plagued by people with an inflated sense of self-importance – like that one Facebook friend who brags about every minute of her life, or the coworker who drones on and on about how wonderful he is. But it can be hard to decipher whether these people simply lack self-awareness or if they suffer from a deeper problem, like narcissism. Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and a licensed clinical psychologist, shares some of the qualities that might make you, or someone you know, a narcissist. You blame others for your problems Durvasula says one common quality of narcissists … [Read more...] about How to know if you or someone you know is a narcissist, according to a clinical psychologist