Thursday, May 28, 2009

WETZSTEIN: U.S. narcissism out of control

Back in Love and Economics, I made the point that finding a balanced perspective on your own value in relation to other people is one of the hardest things to do.

And in Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World, I connected narcissism to our sex lives. The sexual revolution transformed sex from being the deepest community-building activity into a consumer good. That just has to fundamentally shift the social balance between outward-looking, community-building, other-regarding behavior radically toward inward-looking, self-preoccupied, self-regarding behavior.

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