By Chad Mason

This publication examines narcissistic, self-absorbed attitudes and behaviors of people and the consequences of those attitudes and behaviors at the American college process, discussing a number of ideas to wrestle narcissism in colleges.

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As strange as that may sound, some parents’ motivation for volunteering at school centers on attaining privileges for their children and themselves. , pilgrimage, need a fund-raiser chairperson or a chaperone coordinator. As some volunteers become more involved in their positions and their presence in the school becomes more regular, their persona changes as well. Volunteers may enjoy the status that comes with calling community members “on behalf of the school,” and these individuals may even have occasion to run events that put them in charge of school personnel.

Such organized activities are typically highly structured with increased playing rules. They also require a commitment to others and a sense of teamwork. Children in these years typically learn the responsibility and self-control required to be industrious, especially if they have progressed well through the earlier stages. Social relationships change during these ages as well. According to wellknown pediatrician Dr. Spock (2001), children in this age group begin to identify more with their peers than with their parents.

The first three years of a child’s life are very crucial in brain development and self-perception. Although the terminology used varies among professionals in psychological fields, basically most agree that babies are born naturally narcissistic. Hotchkiss (2002), who is a licensed clinical social worker, explains that infants are born completely focused on their own needs with the perception of the primary caregiver as an extension of themselves. Babies experience sensations such as hunger or pain naturally, and they cry or root instinctually in order to have that need fulfilled.

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