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25 Years of Narcissistic Narcissism: Definitely You’re So Vain

Chato Stewart 1990: (narcissism) Bla bla bla bla look at me bla bla bla….
Chato: In my day we HAD Selfie Sticks Too…We called them trees!
Bobby Bob: Hey, look @ Me LOL OMG! I’m Kool So Awesome Am I
Caption: You’re So Vain

It seems to me, cameras get small. Incredible how small the video camera got over the years. A few things happened, Amateur videographers went from taping/videoing their kids, pets, friends and families – BORING! To get videoing himself or friends and in some very regrettable situations…ah-ha could this be the beginning of video Narcissism as we know it?

Narcissism Feeding 25 Year of  America’s Funniest Home Videos

Soon getting kicked in the crotch, hit with footballs, baseballs, bats and bikes in the crotch and getting it caught on video was NEW framework of the television show launched November 26, 1989. NO, Hidden camara; those are professional camera people. This was the the movement of the “Amateur videographers.”  But now you can get PAID to get your kids, pets, friends and families in embarrassing, humiliating, funny situations. Make fun of yourself on national television with a chance of winning thousands in prize money…Winning $10,000 on America’s Funniest Home Videos, I have to be honest, I wanted to send in more than a few videos try to win. Always thought it would be easy money.

When the iphone came out, putting a video camera at your fingertip, it changed the world as we know it.  While I believe the true video Narcissistic really did not come full circle till Youtube…I truly believe the video camera has played a definite part feeding into the obsession with ourselves. You can almost follow the growth of Narcissism over the 2 and half decades.

Say it, “I’m A Narcissist,” I’m So Vain, and I’m Awesome!

Still not sure? Well in the Mental Health Humor Cartoon above I show me, Chato Stewart, using the tree selfie stick.  Trust me, that is the truest story, I have video of me doing “video diaries.”  So, how does this self professed narcissist compare 25 years later?  Well, here’s one way to find out: I will take the Psych Central Narcissistic Personality Quiz.  This is the very first time I have ever taken a test like this about narcissism.  It was not until this past week that someone suggested I should look into some narcissistic traits to see if there are any that match my own.  Advice given so I could better understand myself and improve my greatness, no doubt.

To what extent do you agree with this statement:I am a narcissist. (Note: The word “narcissist” means egotistical, self-focused, and vain.)

This website will allow you to access the newly published Single Item Narcissism Scale (SINS) developed by researchers at Indiana University, Gettysburg College, and The Ohio State University. Please answer the questions as honestly as you can, and you will receive immediate personalized feedback about how high your narcissism score is compared to our normed samples.  https://goo.gl/CQPg9n

And narcissism is bad for society because people who are only thinking of themselves and their own interests are less helpful to others.

  • If You chose 1 on the 7 point scale, the is the lowest option.  70% are kind peeps who truly care about others
  • If You chose 2 on the 7 point scale, which makes your narcissism score a little bit below average.
  • If You chose 3 on the 7 point scale, which makes your narcissism score about average.
  • If You chose 4 on the 7 point scale, which makes your narcissism score higher – bit narcissistic.
  • If You chose 5 on the 7 point scale, which makes your narcissism score higher moderately narcissistic.
  • If You chose 6 on the 7 point scale, which makes your narcissism score higher

Chato Stewart chose 7!

On the 7 point scale, which is the highest response. This means that your narcissism score higher than 99% of the people who have taken this test. Does this surprise you? If so, consider ways that you can better connect with others.

 

Here’s how Chato Stewart rated on the seven component traits of narcissism Psych Central Narcissistic Personality Quiz:

Your Total: 24

Between 12 and 15 is average.
Celebrities often score closer to 18.
Narcissists score over 20.
Because Chato Stewart scored 18 or higher, you may want to check out the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder.

Narcissistic Trait Strength of Trait
Authority: 7.00 *******
Self-Sufficiency: 4.00 ****
Superiority: 2.00 **
Exhibitionism: 3.00 ***
Exploitativeness: 4.00 ****
Vanity: 0.00
Entitlement: 4.00 ****

Below you will find a brief interpretation of each narcissism trait and what your score relative to that trait may indicate about you.

Authority

Authority refers to a person’s leadership skills and power. People who score higher on authority like to be in charge and gain power, often for power’s sake alone. You scored particularly high in authority, suggesting you see yourself as a leader or as someone who values power.

Chato Stewart Says: Well, this tips my hand, tips my hat, letting the -cat-out-of-the-bag, YES, I PLAN to rule the universe!

Self-Sufficiency

This trait refers to how self-sufficient a person is, that is, how much you rely on others versus your own abilities to meet your needs in life. You scored particularly high in self-sufficiency, suggesting you are highly self-sufficient.

Chato Stewart Says: Okay, high in self-sufficiency, that’s a good thing, right?

Superiority

This trait refers to whether a person feels they are more superior than those around them.

Chato Stewart Says: This has to be wrong, since this test is only an “A” -“B” test, I have to pick the best that fits, without skipping. So I think the 2 points I got in this category 50% is wrong. 🙂 I’m telling You it is!

Exhibitionism

This trait refers to a person’s need to be the center of attention, and willingness to ensure they are the center of attention (even at the expense of others’ needs).

Chato Stewart Says: This was me for most of my life, not so much now. Hey, I’m talking to you…are you listening to what I’m saying!

Exploitativeness

This trait refers to how willing you are to exploit others in order to meet your own needs or goals. You scored particularly high in exploitativeness, suggesting you don’t mind exploiting others in order to meet your own needs or goals.

Chato Stewart Says: You will have to talk to my wife about this one.

Vanity 0

This trait refers to a person’s vanity, or their belief in one’s own superior abilities and attractiveness compared to others.

Chato Stewart Says: I scored ZERO, this seems to be right on target!

Entitlement

This trait refers to the expectation and amount of entitlement a person has in their life, that is, unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with one’s expectations. People who score higher on this trait generally have a greater expectation of entitlement, while those who score lower expect little from others or life. You scored particularly high on entitlement, suggesting that you may have a higher sense of entitlement than most people.

Chato Stewart Says: Don’t ask my wife about this one, while the  entitlement does quite fit me, the  unreasonable expectations is me all the way. But I deserve more anyway, right?

Take the test to see if You’re So Vain.  Share your results if you wish here.

Chato Stewart.

25 Years of Narcissistic Narcissism: Definitely You’re So Vain


Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2016). 25 Years of Narcissistic Narcissism: Definitely You’re So Vain. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2015/08/narcissistic-youre-so-vain/

 

Last updated: 11 Feb 2016
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