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    Posted January 7, 2013 by
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    America's Future: Land of Empty Suits?


    With all of the news regarding the poor academic performance of American youth, it is refreshing to see there is still something America still does well. It seems that we, as a nation, have done very well promoting the importance of high self-esteem. So well, in fact, that the youth of our country feel great about themselves in spite of being outperformed by youth in many other countries around the world.


    "What's really become prevalent over the last two decades is the idea that being highly self-confident - loving yourself, believing in yourself - is the key to success,' Twenge said. 'Now the interesting thing about that belief is it's widely held, it's very deeply held, and it's also untrue."


    Many young egoists battle depression later in life as they struggle to deal "ambition inflation" and their failure to achieve unrealistic goals.


    I think a positive self-image is critical to success as an individual, especially in personal and professional relationships, but I think that self-image needs to be realistic. According to article, nearly 25% of recent students that participated in the Narcissistic Personality Inventory showed results "pointing towards narcissistic self-assessments."



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