Jackie Jewell ’17
The wave of “selfies” ripples through the millennial generation and officially became an actual word in the Oxford Dictionary in 2013. With 2016 soon coming to a close and 2017 approaching it seems selfies are more prominent than ever. There are numerous movements formulating and circulating the cyber world about how selfies are a new form of self-love, self-embracing happiness, and healthy confidence; but what extent of truth underlies these movements? Where do we draw the line between self-love and narcissism?
On Tuesday, November 15 around 7pm, Immaculata University held an informative discussion in Loyola 127 about narcissism and what it entails. The evening discussion started out with three different speakers delivering speeches based on their personal beliefs, professions, and backgrounds about what narcissism is and what it means to them. Dr. Steven Miles, professor of Theology gave his profound perspective on what the Bible offers on the subject of narcissism. Many in the audience agreed that in order to maintain a healthy self-love, one must be humble instead of boasting in self-admiration. Another speaker specializing in psychology gave the definition of narcissism, “extreme selfishness with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personal type.” She further discussed the association of narcissism to mental health disorders.
I, a student and a millennial, gave my perspective on narcissism and how the term is regulated in today’s selfie world. Because social media is extremely accessible in contemporary society and people feel the need to document every thought they have every minute of every day, at times it is tiresome and can lead to narcissistic thinking. Few people take the time to listen to each other’s opinions, and instead, strongly feel the need to constantly voice their own which can be a form of egoism. But has our generation fallen victim to the human race’s own technological advances and evolution? Can we truly be at fault for the popular demand of narcissism? The lines seem to be blurred and lost in the depths of what we claim to be vanity or self-centeredness. So, I will leave you with this: can we go beyond narcissism or will we continue to regress into our own selfishness until morality in humanity ceases to exist?