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What are the causes of narcissism, and (like Twenge argues) are we faced with a narcissism epidemic?
Jean Twenge recently (2009) writes how Western society has seen a narcissist epidemic. I want to explore whether this is because of consumer culture (advertising, social media platforms etc) or whether narcissism stems from something more sinister, Lasch (although writing in 1979) claims the root causes are infancy years and parental abandonment. Please write any academic ideas and knowledge you may obtain.