“It’s the narcissism, stupid”

Oh, the irony: the educational/parenting fad for inculcating a faux self-esteem in kids has had unintended consequences. Who knew? Lavishing super-praise on all kids (warranted or not, with the faux sentiment simultaneously denying space for real emotional connection) makes narcissistic cynics of the dullards and unambitious conformists of the truly talented few.