I finally gave in and got my hair cut today. It’s not that I mind getting my hair cut. I actually enjoy it. If my hair gets too close to my shoulders it bothers me.
But I’ve always had issues with the whole, spending an hour staring at myself. It’s awkward right? Feels a little narcissistic. Which seems to be the theme of the day. Especially after spending all that time staring at myself and contemplating whether or not I could blog about that.
Then, as the blog fates would have it, I got back to my apartment and started trying to blog about my trip to the salon (wasn’t going well), when what should pop up on my news feed, but an article from Newsweek with the headline, “Privileged Kids Aren’t In Peril- They’re Just More Likely To Be Popular.” So of course I had to click. And there it was, my word of the day.
Hope you enjoyed my creative process. Fascinating right? Now on to my rant…I mean revelation…I mean reaction:
Without getting into any correlation or causation, I have to say my response to this article (abbreviated of course) was: Really?!?! (interpret that as you will)
Here’s a quote:
“Compared with their lower- and middle-class peers, affluent kids are more aggressive, stressed, anxious, narcissistic, and perfectionistic. They are disproportionately involved in illegal drugs and alcohol. With parents often absent, they seem on their own; that often leads to some engaging in delinquent behavior.”
Apparently in psychological circles, this list of adjectives doesn’t necessarily describe affluent kids, but popular ones. So rich kids are popular and therefore narcissistic? Or are they narcissistic because they’re popular? Or maybe they’re narcissistic and therefore popular, you know they whole love yourself and others will love you sort of thing. I’m feeling a question about a chicken and an egg coming on are you?
Oh, the curse of popularity. Don’t you just hate it when people like you?
I know what a lot of you are thinking right now. I’ll say it for you, “Why you’re liked is more important than how many people like you.” I wouldn’t want people liking me for my money either, if that were possible.
I’ve found that when I look at studies like this I usually end up at the same conclusion. We’re all human (even the rich kids) and we’re all victims of our own circumstance. It’s what we do with those circumstances that define who we are, regardless.
Especially at this time of year I acknowledge and am grateful for my advantages and blessings.
We all have problems, that’s life. Trying to define who’s problems are worse is pointless.
Read the article (the link’s above), pass your own judgments, let me know.