Send them down the mines

In a Grumpy Old Man moment, I previously remarked the young people today seem to have too much self-esteem which leads to an inflated sense of entitlement and general rudeness. While I had nothing to back up my opinion it turns out that my rant was at least close to the truth.

An extensive study of 16,475 college students from the United States has revealed narcissism has risen steadily among that population since 1982 due to the last couple of decades’ obsession with promoting self-esteem.

Is it my turn to call for national service to be reintroduced?

The study is due to be published in April and, of course, the author has a blog. Ironically the blog is hosted on Livejournal – home of the narcissistic, illiterate, and rude youth she highlights.

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One elbow patch

Having attempted a piece of minor madness I’ve got my first year’s results back. I was hoping for a bare pass in the exam just so I could have a couple of month without worring about a resit, instead I got 60%.

One year down, another five to go.

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The Yoof of Today

Every year the mindset list looks at the world through the eyes of the current set of entrants to Universities. This year, those young minds would have grown up never knowing the Soviet Union, always with a mouse in their hands, and thinking that Google has always been a verb.

It doesn’t seem to mention that generation’s general lack of social graces and entitlement complex though. What that lot need is less self-esteem, not more.

[via Metafilter.]

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Our House is a very very very nice house…

 


Click here to view my house 

One of these little tests that claims to tell your personality depending on how you draw something or which colours you pick in a list. In my opinion it’s pop psychology at best, astrology at worst.


Based on your drawing and the 10 answers you gave this is a summary of your personality:
You are sensitive and indecisive at times. You are a freedom lover and a strong person. You are shy and reserved. 

Yes, maybe, but the language is so fluffy that it could apply to almost anyone.

If you’ve drawn a cross on each of windows, you always want to live alone.

Rubbish.

Once you have a problem, you need a friend with you. Your life is always full of changes. 

My life is full of changes? Read any tea leaves lately?

You will avoid being alone and seek the company of others whenever possible. You love excitement and create it wherever you go. You see the world as it is, not as you believe it should be. 

Yes and no. Again with the sort of watery statement that could mean anything.

You are not a romantic person by nature. It also safe to say that others don’t see you as a flirt. You don’t think much about yourself. 

On this I’m calling complete poppycock. It’s difficult enough to come up with working theories of personality based on psychometrics and neuropsychology without silly little Cosmopolitan style tests making people think it’s simple.

At least I’ve got a nice picture of a house.

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Tweed jacket and leather elbow patches

I must be mad. They’re sending out an application form and I’m going to do it. Expect fewer stories of carnage and more of head shrinkage.

So, tell me about your mother.

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