The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations is a 1979 book by the cultural historian Christopher Lasch (1932–1994) exploring the roots and ramifications of the normalizing of pathological narcissism in 20th century American culture using psychological, cultural, artistic and historical synthesis.
Another view of 'meism' ... moral realism of the right to be 'me' with full understanding and acceptance that we is always us. (noun - meness)
The book offers as its central thesis the proposition that post-war, late-capitalist America, through modifications placed by the forces of "organized kindness" on the traditional family structure, has given rise to a personality-type consistent with clinical definitions of "pathological narcissism". Pathological narcissism, notably, is not akin to typical narcissism—someone with a hedonistic or self-centered sense of self—but rather someone with a very weak sense of self. For Lasch, "pathology represents a heightened version of normality." Lasch locates symptoms of this personality-disorder in the radical political movements of the 1960s (such as the Weather Underground), as well as in the spiritual cults and movements (everything from est to Rolfing in his view) of the 1970s. Behaviors such as streaking, theatrical illusion in contemporary drama, and a fascination with oral sex are evidence of long-term personality disintegration.