Sam Vaknin: Warning Young Folks

Sam Vaknin [amongst other things] authored Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited.

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Shmuel “Sam” Vaknin (born April 21, 1961) is an Israeli writer.

He is the author of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited (1999), was editor-in-chief of political news website Global Politician, and runs a private website about narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

He has also postulated a theory on chronons and time asymmetry.

Vaknin is visiting professor at Southern Federal University in Rostov Oblast, Russia in 2017-2022 holding a course of lectures there on personality theory in psychology. He is also a professor of finance and a professor of psychology in the Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS) in Nigeria.

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Sam Vaknin writes that people under 35 are as dull as drying paint.

Warning Young Folks: Silence When We Are All Gone
Prof. Sam Vaknin – 25 Mar 2021

People under age 35 are walking dead who live in a dystopian hell.
No higher functions.
No intellectual life.
No interests or hobbies.
No conversation (“flat speech”): dismissive one-liners with no depth or background.
As dull as drying paint.

Sam Vaknin says there are two possibilities.

I must say that I’m shaken to my foundations.

There are two possibilities
everything we think we know in psychology is wrong
there’s a new subspecies of humanity homo sapiens 2.0

Given these options I veer towards:
Everything he thinks he knows in psychology is wrong.

Some will guess differently.

And some will be in two minds 🙂

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6 Responses to Sam Vaknin: Warning Young Folks

  1. Elfin says:

    Neither of the two possibilities are correct. Some (not all) things he thinks he knows about psychology are wrong. There are “subspecies” of humanity, but they aren’t new. Slaves don’t go to see a therapist, they’re just replaced.

  2. Mary Ruth Dana says:

    That was depressing – he just described my youngest and I don’t know how to help.

    • Interesting link. Not for its beneficial info; on the contrary. “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.
      Some of what the link mentions are true, but not for the reasons given. Nicotine hides another problem. It is not a cure but ultimately doubling the ill effects. Of course, my opinion, and as I have been unfortunate to experience, the nicotine addict will go to extremes defending the habit, until shaken out of the psychological stance by serious illness. Those I knew directly all ended badly.

      A second aspect of nicotine/cigarette smoking is the psychological companionship (pointed out by Desmond Morris in ‘The Naked Ape’.) In fact I would strongly recommend it to beat the ‘Drying Paint’ syndrome. Or worse, with the present drive towards other forms of biomass burning (scenes come to mind of stunned faces hanging to the ends of a nargilah).

  3. RdM says:

    “Sam Vaknin writes that people under 35 are as dull as drying paint.”
    If he’d written ‘some’, or even ‘many’ people under 35… in his opinion, better.
    OK, it’s a polemic. But many talented under 35’s still now, arts, electronics, engineering, design.

    The cream of the crop?
    Hmm maybe less so in his area? Who designed your latest phone, PC, Hi-Fi amplifier, TV?

    Let’s not knock paint drying!

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