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Are these KU students self-centered?


![][1]¢ A pair of unidentified KU fans have found themselves in the middle of a minor journalism controversy. A photo of them - with their bodies painted with the letters "K" and "U" - was included with a story on whose photo was included in a [CBSNews.com][2] story titled "Are Today's Students Too Self-Centered?"Apparently, CBS' "Public Eye" division, which serves as a watchdog group to ensure fair journalism, didn't think it was right to identify these particular students with narcissism, since they actually had nothing to do with the story. You can read their request to have the photo removed at the [Public Eye][3] section of CBS' Web site.This is what Public Eye's Brian Montopoli wrote: These are college students, yes, so it's not shocking that CBSNews.com chose to run their pictures. But I don't know how pleased I would be to be pictured accompanying a story on self-centeredness and narcissism. Isn't that a little unfair to the students?¢ Paul Pierce, the former KU basketball star now with the Boston Celtics, is featured in a regular [Boston Herald][4] column that asks pro athletes their favorite high school memory. Pierce's involved his first dunk during his sophomore season."I remember my first dunk," he said. "When you are a sophomore, it's a big deal to dunk. We had a big crowd that game -- we always had a big crowd -- and I remember it was nice because my best friend was the one who gave me the pass. It came right in traffic."¢ Michael Bauer, a professor of organ and church music at KU, is quoted in a story in the [(Inland Southern California) Press-Enterprise][5] about the dwindling number of church organists nationwide."The pool of pianists is much smaller than 20 years ago," said Michael Bauer, professor of organ and church music at the University of Kansas. "Organists usually come from pianists who play well. If you don't have a number of beginners on piano, you won't have more organists." [1]: http://www.cbsnews.com/images/2007/02/27/image2519609l.jpg [2]: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/27/health/main2519593.shtml [3]: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/02/27/publiceye/entry2521021.shtml [4]: http://sports.bostonherald.com/highSchool/view.bg?articleid=185444 [5]: http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_H_organist28.40f286d.html


Packman 11 years, 3 months ago

Omigosh! It's my wife and my best friend!

And here I thought she was a Wildcat fan...and attending Ashley's tupperware party that night.

Shocked! SHOCKED!

Jamesaust 11 years, 3 months ago

The real problem isn't the picture but the underlying "study," which seems to confuse narcissism with egotism. Narcissists have low self-esteem and compensate by seeking praise, attention, etc. from others. Egotists have high self-esteem (whether deserved or not).

The "study" uses he Narcissistic Personality Inventory, which is designed to identify those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which is a mental illness. This is about 1% or so of the population. For those testing below the upper, identifying threshhold on this test, the test does not reveal what the "study" seems to have adopted as a thesis - low scores good, high schores bad. A low score may only identify persons who are clingy, immature, self-doubting, (co-)dependent.

In contrast, one reason for a higher NPI score is egotism, which in turn is often deserved. If ethical people think highly of themselves for being ethical, or goodlooking people have high self-esteem because they are in fact goodlooking, or smart people, or caring people, etc., etc., then there's no problem with that unless it hides internal low self-esteem (think some actor/actress who isn't content with fame, money, etc. but must 'act out' to gain even more attention).

If smart, healthy, goodlooking, generous college students have high self-esteem, fine. Most parents wish that for their children.

beardedmystery 11 years, 3 months ago

p>CBSnews.com portrayed those students in a "False Light" and that is an invasion of privacy issue. Why is it that a college student knows this and not CBSnews.com?

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