More college students feel a sense of entitlement

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 1:01pm

A new study shows, more college students feel a sense of entitlement. Students were asked to rates themselves to peers since the 1960's.

Studies show, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being 'Above Average' in academics, self-confidence and the drive to achieve.

"They have been taught, they have been told, they now been educated to believe that they are better," says Dr. Wade French, Licensed Professional Counselor & Therapist.

A recent report says, if you asked a college freshman today who the greatest generation is...they may be pointing in the mirror.

Many people may not disagree.

Experts say, some students think they're just too good.

"When people are treated as if they are special and are privileged, they come to believe they are and with that sense of being privileged comes narcissism," says Dr. Wade French, Licensed Professional Counselor & Therapist.

Reports say, there's a 30% increase in narcissism in students since the late 1970's.

"Narcissism is belief that a person has deserved reward without effort, they deserve reward without effort they deserved the reward simply because they're special," says Dr. Wade French, Licensed Professional Counselor & Therapist.

KETK wanted to get a local's thought on this study,

"It's this entitlement mentality that we've kind of fostered in kids as they've been growing up," David Peterson, Lindale, TX.

Dr. French tells KETK,

This behavior stems from parenting, how young people are treated by their parents, caregivers and their environment, making them believe they are better and entitled.

French adds, when students have this sense of entitlement attitude, it could lead issues down the road such as anxiety and depression.

Students worry when they are faced with challenges and when their goals have not been met because of realistic expectations.


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