Greater than Jesus: The Narcissism Epidemic … (part 3)

According to a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey, 93% of Americans view themselves in a positive light.  Concurrently, only 1% of Americans view themselves negatively.[1]

Dean Debnam, the president of PPP, had this to say: “Americans have a very high opinion of themselves.  You can either argue that we’re a psychologically healthy nation … or you can argue that we’re an arrogant one. Either interpretation fits the numbers.”

Incidentally, 91% of Americans have a positive view of Abraham Lincoln while only 90% have a favorable view of Jesus.  This of course leads to the conclusion:


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4 Responses to Greater than Jesus: The Narcissism Epidemic … (part 3)

  1. iholdtheline says:

    It’s funny, because it’s the complete opposite of what it should be…

    • While I often love “gallows humor,” some things are just too dark for even me. And this is one of those things. I see no humor here, just a sick, obsession with our own “awesomeness!”

  2. If 93% of Americans held themselves in a negative light, it would say just as much of our own narcissism. The question surveyed, seems to me, to be setting up for a particular answer: that is, that we are self-centered. Maybe if the question were “Do you consider yourself greater than Jesus?”, the results would be less disturbing.

    • I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one, Zac. Narcissism, by definition, is an over-inflated sense of self-love or self-admiration to the detriment of one’s ability to realistically engage in society. While I would agree that it might be equally disturbing to hear that 93% of Americans held a negative view of themselves, that is an entirely different problem with an entirely different set of contributing factors.

      Consider, too, this self-evaluation in light of how people tend to view others. Everyone seems to think that they are great while the world around them is full of reckless, self-indulgent, immoral idiots. This tells us that there is a gap between how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us.

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