Is Catechesis Possible in a Narcissistic Age?
JONATHAN B. COE
It’s not an exaggeration to assert that many American Catholics have been colonized by the Therapeutic. Millennials — who most researchers and commentators identify as that generation born from the early 1980s to 2000 — may grow weary of hearing their parents and grandparents say, “Young people today seem more self-centered than in my day,” but their forebears are right. Their narcissism, in comparison to past generations, has been empirically verified in the work of San Diego State University psychology professor, Jean Twenge, and is confirmed in another study by the National Institutes of Health that was published in 2008. I can almost hear someone’s feisty Catholic grandmother or grandfather saying, “I don’t need a study to tell me what I see with my own two eyes and hear with my own two ears.”