Years ago I read somewhere that a group of psychologists concluded in a report back in the 1970's, that U.S. culture is narcissistic as a whole.
Narcissism in individuals as I understand it, is believed to develop in early childhood, its causes are unclear, as it can develop from varied backgrounds.
Yes, and that makes sense.
To accuse US culture as wantonly narcissistic seems mean spirited, condemning and bitter. I'm really not and don't want to come off that way; re-reading my opening post here I could see this coming off quite badly. But I do believe its true - actually, scratch that - I know its true. I've lived in 10 states (long term) and 3 countries and while "people are people" (in that we're all individuals with our own issues), the pattern is quite clear and quite embarrassing.
Some call it the "free spirit", others call it "arrogance". I think narcissistic is the best characterization because it not only represents a core cause of many of our own internal difficulties, but seems to also apply to that brand of narcissism that could be applied to the entire culture.
Perhaps our prosperity, vast land stores or compartmentalization plays into this too. I understand that many (probably most) in the U.S. of A. see or would accept this, but its true. Yes we are different; yes we are absorbed with ourselves - and yes, I wish it were different.
Just random thoughts