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Has America gone completely off the rails? Is the country on the precipice of a total collapse? Not quite yet, at least not from a psychological perspective, says today's special guest, Michael Adamse, Ph.D. in his new book Make America Sane Again: A Mental Health Expert Weighs In.
To quote Dr. Adamse, "I think we should be aware and concerned about America's mental health, but not panicked."
Using his background in philosophy and clinical psychology, Dr. Adamse provides readers with sound, nonpolitical insights into America's mental state and explains what individuals can do to help pivot the American psyche from despair to hope.
Dr. Michael Adamse specializes in relationship issues and has practiced for over 40 years. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology form the University of Miami after completing a pre-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. He is also the author of Affairs of the Net, Anniversary, and God's Shrink, for which he also co-authored the screenplay, now in development.
As narcissism requires constant validation, social media serves as a drug for many people. From constantly uploading pictures and 'selfie obsession' to nervously counting the number of likes on their pictures and followers are all tools of social media sites that make narcissists feel better about themselves. A study conducted by San Diego State University on 16,000 university students found that 30% of teenagers were narcissistic in psychological testing.
When we look at social media, all the tools used on a social networking site feed a narcissist’s need for validation and approval. Here, social media creates a vicious cycle, where already existing narcissists receive their daily dose of validation by uploading pictures, while social media itself assists people in developing and maintaining traits of narcissism.
Today's special guest, Marni Goldman will be discussing the connection between narcissism and social media, why likes and validation is so important so some, how lack of face to face interaction is affecting us, and signs that indicate you could be suffering from a social media addiction.
Marni is a Spiritual Life Coach and author of "True To Myself: Peace, Love, Marni." Goldman, the daughter of a drug-addicted mother, has survived a life of depression, ADHD, childhood PTSD, anxiety, and a leukemia diagnosis. Goldman works with people all over the world to help them transcend and heal emotional traumas.