Narcissism vs. Healthy Vision and Expression of Self Introduction to Art Education: Issues Based Collaborative Project Katy Johnson Hannah Westmoreland Heather Fouts Taryn
Defining the Disorder: NarcissismNarcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with thiscondition believe that they are superior to others and hold little regard for the feelings or circumstances of other people. Narcissists can behave in socially distressing ways, limiting their ability to function in personal and professional relationships. Often behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. (Mayo Clinic Staff)
Collaborative Project GoalVia public art and social networking we hope to promote overall self- awareness; to learn together how to employ healthy methods of expressing oneself artistically and professionally without loosing respect for the feelings and circumstances of others.
Details of Project• As a group we created and maintain a Facebook page titled “Mirrors” to record progress of this project and communicate via social networking. https://www.facebook.com/mirrorsproject?ref=hl• We each created artifacts to be placed publicly to direct attention to our Facebook page. As a group we distributed our artifacts in locations people would be looking in mirrors: restrooms, beauty salons, tanning bed booths, dressing rooms, tattoo parlors.• We focused our research on four areas related to narcissism: – Narcissism on the Internet – The Psychology of Insecurity – Consumerism and Importance of Name Brands/Labels – Behavioral Health: Coping With and Combating Narcissism
• Observers use three characteristics when Narcissism determining an online narcissist:• quantity of social on the interaction• attractiveness of the Internet individual and• the degree of self promotion in the main photo• - World Health Organization ICD-10 (2008)• “In data from 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as fast as obesity from the 1980s to the present, with the shift especially pronounced for women.”• - “The Narcissism Epidemic,” J. M. Twenge & W. K. Campbell
Is Facebook really making us lonely?Narcissism on Internet was meant to helpthe Internet broaden our horizons – instead doing the oppositecontinued… Narcissists are using Facebook the same way they use their other relationships: self promotion with an emphasis on quantity of over quality In an anonymous online study, people admit to posting pictures simply to get “likes” or “reblogs”, not to stay connected. - World Health Organization (2008)
Insecurity is an The Psychology of emotion brought Insecurity on by the mental torment of the desire to be perfect. Peers, media, and cultureinfluences a person to change what they really are physically and mentally.
Society’s priorities on what’s really important in life seem to be lying in what’s the hottest trend in clothing and beauty products. “A mans Self is the sum total of all that he CAN call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house…his lands, and yacht and bank account” – William James Statistics from James J. Farrell’s book, “One Nation Under Goods”Consumerism “Malls express our consumer culture, revealing us to ourselves and theImportance of Labels
The Nacirema Horace Miner wrote a critique on the Nacirema, including information on certain practices and beliefs in their culture.Every house has one or more shrines devoted to avoiding debility anddisease of the body through ritual and ceremony.“The focal point of the shrine is a box or chest which is built into thewall. In the chest are kept the many charms and magical potionswithout which no native believes he could live…”Were it not for the ritual of the mouth, which includes inserting asmall bundle of hog hairs into the mouth, along with certain magicalpowders, and visiting a holy-mouth-man that even “if there are nonaturally occurring holes in the teeth, large sections of one or moreteeth are gouged out so that the supernatural substance can beapplied. In the clients view, the purpose of these ministrations is toarrest decay and to draw friends”
Narcissism is Fueled by Culture• Parenting: “My child deserves better than what I had.”• Popular Media: Teaching the “acceptable image” and persuading the purchase of “necessary things.”• Professionalism: The belief that abundance of confidence will lead to success in life.• Entitlement: Development and imitation of ways to “work” systems (i.e. welfare, federal aid, union support, legal processes) for personal benefit and exploitation.
Behavioral • Narcissism has been declared aHealth: What “behavioral disorder” and even an “epidemic in America” by various psychologists and other professionals to Consider (NBCNews.com) • Narcissistic Behavioral Disorder is treated professionally by use of psychotherapy and anti-depressant / anti-anxiety drugs (Mayo Clinic Staff) • Not everyone who behaves selfishly or with elevated self-esteem is a narcissist. • A healthy balance of self-worth and humility/modesty is something generally learned through life experiences.
Refrences• Aboujaoude, Elias. "Rise of the Online Narcissist." Psychology Today. N.p., 16 Feb. 2011. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/compulsive- acts/201102/rise-the-online-narcissist>.• Buffardi, Laura. "Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - Psychologists." Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - Psychologists. N.p., 22 Sept. 2008. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://www.science20.com/news_articles/narcissists_can_be_identified_their_facebo ok_accounts_psychologists-32720>.• Campbell, Kieth. "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement Â—Book." The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement Â—Book. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. http://www.narcissismepidemic.com/.>• Marche, Stephen. "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?" The Atlantic May 2012: n. pag. Web.• YouTube. Dir. Sam Vaknin. Perf. Sam Vaknin. YouTube. YouTube, 10 Aug. 2010. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgyd8YEKh80>.
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