Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
    xi
  • Introduction
    xiii
  • CHAPTER 1 - CULTURAL NARCISSISM 2.0
    1
    • Context and Continuum
      4
    • Productive Narcissism
      6
    • Excessive Risk-Taking
      10
    • The Cultural Factor in Narcissism
      12
  • CHAPTER 2 - MARKETPLACE MANIA
    21
    • Entrepreneurial Narcissism
      22
    • Religion and Capitalism
      27
    • Cookin' the Books
      29
    • Deregulation
      32
    • Robot Quality Assurance
      37
  • CHAPTER 3 - DIGITAL COPING: LOSS, REALITY, AND SELF-DECEPTION
    45
    • Reality and Loss
      47
    • Rigidity and Self-Destruction
      50
    • The Reality of Self-Deception
      56
    • Parents and Reality: Delayed Adulthood
      60
    • Self-Deception: The Private Religious Burden
      63
  • CHAPTER 4 - (UN)MEANINGFUL COMPARISONS
    73
    • Apples and Oranges
      75
    • Don't Sue Me
      79
    • Don't Shoot Me
      81
    • Not Me
      83
    • Politics: Unmeaningful Comparisons
      86
    • Summation: An Empty Hole
      88
  • CHAPTER 5 - HEALTH CARE: WASTE, EXCESS, 99 AND BROKERS
    99
    • Psychosocial Despair
      106
    • Administrative Overload: Paper Covers Rock
      108
    • The Moral Consequences
      111
    • Strike One, Two, Three...
      114
    • The Best Laid Plans
      115
  • CHAPTER 6 - SOCIAL NARCISSISM: IMAGES, 123 REALITY, AND HEROES
    123
    • The Real Housewives
      125
    • Competitive Reality: Then and Now
      127
    • Quiet Heroes
      132
    • The Big O
      133
    • Self-Inflicted Heroes
      135
    • Commercialism and Community
      137
  • CHAPTER 7- MULTIPLE IDENTITY: ISN'T THAT SPECIAL
    145
    • MAMA: I Love Me
      146
    • Mavericks and Metrosexuals
      150
    • Tattoo Me Tattoo You
      153
    • Virtual Identities
      155
    • Identity Here and Gone
      158
  • CHAPTER 8 - GENERATION WE
    163
    • Success and We
      166
    • Identity and Materialism
      168
    • Quantitative Thinking and Mood Regulation
      171
    • Coping with Devaluation
      174
    • Media Reform
      178
    • New Measurements of Success
      180
    • Economic Redefinition
      181
  • Selected Bibliography
    189
  • Index
    199