Thursday, March 11, 2010


My girlfriend asked what 'narcissistic' meant, and I said 'full of yourself.' Then she told me that she'd read a short online article that claimed people with unusual names were more narcissistic. I could see it. Having an odd name like 'Rocky' or 'Darth' means you get a little bit more attention than everyone else on the first day of school, when you meet chatty strangers, and when you have to leave your name on a waiting list at restaurants. Taken individually these moments mean nothing, but add them up over the course of a lifetime and it makes sense that you'd get an overinflated sense of self-importance. I'm talking about everyone else, of course.

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