Thursday, July 9, 2009

Huge Ego or Secretly Self-Conscious?

We've all got 'em in our yearbooks: the signature from the kid who takes up an entire page in the autograph section. My son came home with his yearbook, and sure 'nuff, a classmate used an entire page for his autograph and to let everyone know that he IS SPECIAL. One of these days I am going to commission a study to see what motivates certain individuals to think that they merit a whole page while everyone else is cramped in together on the other autograph page! And to follow their career path. Is this the sign of a confident, successful individual or someone who is secretly self-conscious?

22 comments:

Tammy Howard said...

That's a tough call - and might indeed be an interesting study...

Alicia said...

ughhh....all my yearbooks have at least one of those...

theselfloveproject said...

lol i would say it has to be a huge ego person...

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I think it's someone with low self-esteem who needs more attention to feel better about themselves....maybe I read too many self-help books!

Lucy said...

I think the person is a rule breaker: won't be forced to sign with everyone else, on the same page, in a tiny little space. Nope that person is going to do whatever they want, standout, and sign wherever they want!!!

Me: I signed, small and on the autograph page!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Interesting study indeed.

Yankee Girl said...

The first thing that came to my mind was "attention whore." I know, I'm terrible. I can't believe I just said that about a child!

angelcel said...

Well because my first reaction to this was 'pillock' I thought I'd do the adult thing and see what graphologists would say. Here's the answer: "Large writing can portray someone who is superior, takes pride, outgoing and extrovert, arrogant, boastful or they put on an act of confidence."
I still say they're a pillock.

Beth said...

Now I am wondering if people like Donald Trump signed using the entire page. Please publish your findings.

And at my school, it really isn't too cool to be *special*.

Rebecca Jo said...

WOW... that's a signature alright!

That makes me want to go find my yearbook!!!

~Kristen~ said...

Yep, got those in my yearbooks, too. Funny, though...the ones that did that aren't so special anymore!

Karen said...

I'm guessing his ego is as big as his signature...

Janna Bee said...

Mine was always the smallest I could make it- that's how I roll- under the radar!

Joy said...

I agree with Kathie @ my net finds.

Kristin said...

Or the kid of an over indulgent mama?

Amanda said...

Huh.

I have no interest in the results of those studies.

You can stop that crazy notion right now.

Do NOT do a study on people that took up entires pages of yearbooks.

Not that I was one of those people or anything. I would never do anything so egotistical.

(shaking in her shoes)

God bless!
Amanda

Christina said...

Oooo... good question.

I hate when they do it though... I see the same thing in my kids YB's.

Debbie said...

I love this question! We could all pull out our old yearbooks and see if we can find out what those page hogs are up to now!

Two Pretty Little Skirts said...

That would be me. But I just write REAAAALLLY large
Just poppin in to say hey, been missin out on my "Carma" time :)
Dawn

BrnEyedGal said...

Yes I have a culprit in my yearbooks as well....Im not sure why they do this.
But thinking back on the guys that did it in mine...they did think they were just the bomb...SO I do think it is ego! :)
(I wouldn't mind if someone took a whole page to tell me how much they liked ME or how much fun we had that year...its NOT all about them right? LOL)
PS the bobbypins are on the way... :P

Kaylen said...

I would be interested in a study on people who twitter a LOT and whether they wrote things like this in yearbooks when they were in school...

Lemondrop Marie said...

It's certainly pretty selfish unless that is the very best bud your child had!
I remember reading an article about self esteem and prisoners. Surprisingly many of them have great self esteem according to the cited study.
Ok that's horrible but I did read it!
Maybe people who don't show empathy or concern for others need early intervention~

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