I’m a big fan of the show Skins, which ran in the UK on E4, particularly the first two seasons (or series, as they say in the UK). Seasons 3 and 4 totally suck and aren’t worth mentioning. But the breakthrough character is that of Tony Stonem, as played by Nicholas Hoult. Tony is a textbook example of a raging narcissist and manipulative sociopath. It’s eerie how the writers and Hoult could so effectively and accurately capture the inner world and relationships of a narcissist.
The US version debuts tonight on MTV, and from the trailer it seems the American version of Tony is doing a good job of capturing that same destructive narcissism. In addition, they’ve added a character Tea who’s arrogant and has an infuriating superiority complex. I’m interested in seeing how these characters play out over the season, as for 2011 a big theme of this blog will be personal dynamics such as narcissism, superiority and inferiority complexes, masochism, games, psychological scripts, and defense mechanisms and how they manifest themselves in everyday life.
I feel like I’ve done evolutionary psychology to death, and in addition I think narcissism and superiority complexes are a growing epidemic in North America and the West in general, and I predict it will increasingly become a hot-button issue in years to come. So expect a lot more articles about them, along with practical advice on how to spot and deal with these issues in yourself and others.
Here’s the trailer. See if you can spot the characters suffering from narcissism and superiority complexes. If the show lives up to my expectations, expect it to be covered more in depth here. Also, you can order up the first season of the UK version on Netflix instant. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer below: