Essay by CassJadeCollege, UndergraduateA-, May 2014

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Learning to Love Yourself Too Much

As children, we learn from imitation, adaption, and curiosity. We progress into adulthood with mannerisms and personality traits that are either genetically acquired or mimicked from people around us over time. One trait that has become a subject of research is narcissism. Narcissism is an extreme interest in yourself, and not particularly caring for anything that doesn't concern you. As our world progresses, certain traits that were rarely seen in our personae's have now risen up and become one of our most powerful personality behaviors. Narcissism is a perfect example of this, as it has escalated to our everyday mannerisms, and is now even seen as a common occurrence. Society is so used to narcissism today that we do not even see ourselves exhibiting it. This trait was picked up from us when we were very little and did not know the effects it would have on us and other people in the future.

Narcissism sinks into our personality from the very start: when we were children. We imitate it from our parents, and it grows with us throughout our childhood and into the adult world. Children's and teenagers' narcissism is more directly influenced by parents than social media.

Parenting is the main factor to narcissism residing in children, but social networking also plays a part in promoting this type of vanity. Parenting fuels narcissism at the very start, before social networking sites even come into play. For example, parents influence their children with their own narcissism because in the future they want to boast about their offspring to others. "Such parents see their child as initially no better than average, and they seek, through their own efforts, to make the child a genius or prodigy" (Elkind 2). This happens when the child is...