|Look at me.|
How about hypomania, maybe just plain old bipolar disorder, or narcissism.
And we were off to the races, because it's this last one that got my students stirred up. What on earth was wrong with narcissism?
I tried to go through a little bit of the differences between healthy and destructive narcissism, but no matter how I couched things, students were put off by the notion that a deep abiding interest in oneself could ever be "bad."
We're not like Charlie, they said, and I said, well, you're not getting as many hits on Ustream as he is, but, are your actions on Facebook and Twitter any different?
And then what started as a sort of pop-cultural gabfest became - in their eyes - an indictment of how they live their lives.
I didn't intend for it to go that way, but after class I grew more and more sure that Charlie Sheen's "Winning" meltdown was fueled by the same sort of entitlement and specialness my students seem to take for granted. And I thought, oh, God, I have to teach them all for the rest of my career, don't I?