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Today's Big Idea: On Narcissism

The Big Idea for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Andrew Cohen argues that we are conditioned to be narcissists in our culture today. 

While some stages of narcissism are healthy, and narcissism may even be a quality we look for in a leader, there are costs to what Cohen describes as "a culturally conditioned epidemic."

So how do we break out of our own condition of narcissism? 

The first place to start is assessing yourself, and to that end, Big Think offers two tests. The first is called Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), which you can find here. The second assessment involves assessing the way other people treat you, namely, your boss.

Is your boss a megalomaniac? Take that test here


  1. 1 Me All the Time: The Epidemic of Narcissism
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 The Narcissistic Leader: Not as Good as He (Or You) May Think
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  3. 3 I Learned More About Sex When I Gave It Up . . .
    Andrew Cohen The Evolution of Enlightenment
  4. 4 Is Your Boss a Megalomaniac?
    Daniel Honan Big Think Edge

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