The narcissist has huge expectations of themselves and their lives. Typically, they make predictions about what they can achieve that are unrealistic, for example in terms of academic grades and employment. They seek fame and status, and the achievement of the latter leads to materialism – money enables the brand labels and lavish lifestyle that are status symbols.
It is the Paris Hilton syndrome across millions of lives.
The problem, derives in part from a generation of indulgent parents who have told their children how special they are.
An individualistic culture has, in turn, reinforced a preoccupation with the self and its promotion.
Narcissism is present throughout highly consumerist, individualistic societies – and women suffer disproportionately from the depression and anxiety linked to it.