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Study Links Certain Types of Praise to Narcissistic Kids

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Parents who excessively praise their kids may be creating a narcissist, according to a new study that followed over 500 kids and their parents during an 18-month period. The study suggests that telling a child they are special as opposed to emphasizing effort and love may breed extremely selfish people. We’ll discuss the study and learn how to foster self-esteem without nurturing narcissism.

Guests:

Jean Twenge, professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University, author of "Generation Me" and co-author of "The Narcissism Epidemic"

Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University

Alan Kazdin, professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University; author of "The Everyday Parenting Toolkit"

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