Narcissism

Contemplating the Role of Social Media (in our lives, and in society)

What’s in a like? Not much, really—another toggle from 0 and 1; an electronic stamp of approval, existing nowhere real and barely contemplated. It is reactionary. Visible, yes, but hardly tangible. Constructed. Created. Imaginary. But it feels good. And sometimes it even matters. This week, in my Psych Café series at UBC (in which my …

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How to Disable Trumpism: Target the Followers, Not their Leader

Narcissism, egotism, aggression, dishonesty, far-right extremism, and white nationalism (all of which have been collectively referred to as “Trumpism”) are on the rise around the world, influencing average citizens and political leaders alike—and significantly compromising the common good. This is how to stop it… What follows is a slightly revised, late-night train of thought on …

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The World Will End in Apathy & Entitlement (Or, Our Killer is Narcissism)

Rising sea levels, ocean acidification, deforestation, ecological collapse—should our time on Earth end early, these are some of the means by which it will happen, given current trends. But these things, they’re not our real killers… From a psychological perspective, it would be wise to consider the human qualities underlying the environmental changes that now …

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This is the State of Us…

What is it going to take to make this work? This is a question I leave with my students in my final lecture of personality psychology, a class that is both advanced degree fulfillment and crash course in human nature. The question is a reflection on just that—our nature. But I must admit that it …

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