Wednesday, September 5, 2007

For the avid reader...

Found this cool image on the internet while searching for "floating bookshelves". Very impressive span ...Here's the info...

A bookcase, measuring 50 meters (164 feet) long, is suspended 10 meters (33 feet) above the floor in a bookstore in Nanjing, capital of east china's Jiangsu Province, February 8, 2006.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Narcissism vs. Self Esteem

Narcissism levels are higher than ever before, according to an article I read in a psych magazine last week. The reference in the article was to a research paper called "Egos Inflating over Time: A test of two generational theories of Narcissism using Cross Temporal Meta Analysis." I really want to read this paper, because it may explain the rise of apathy and lack of empathy in our society. This may well be America's downfall. Our unjustified self-importance and arrogance could lead us into more illegal wars and a crippling depression unless we are self-corrected. How will the self correction occur? It remains to be seen.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is defined as "...first and foremost by a positive and inflated view of the self, especially on agentic traits (e.g., power, importance, physical attractiveness... is associated with social extroversion, although narcissists have relatively little interest in forming warm, emotionally intimate bonds with others... involves a wide range of self-regulation efforts aimed at enhancing the self. These efforts can range from attention-seeking... taking credit from others... and opportunities to achieve public glory. Narcissists also lash out in aggression when they are rejected or insulted."

I'm sure we ALL know people who fit this description....(hmmm - G.W. Bush)

Maybe this blog is endemic of an inflated ego? Highly unlikely. Because if you know this writer, it comes from a place of healthy self esteem and with a voice of sincerity and integrity.