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Don't Let Your Kids Grow Up to Be Like Donald Trump

"Narcissism isn't an either-or characteristic," Brooks explained. "It's more of a set of progressive symptoms (like alcoholism) than an identifiable state (like diabetes)."

The Christian writer C.S. Lewis warned against pride as the most destructive sin because it pushes a person more and more inward, closing him or herself off from others and from all the good things in the world. Humility, from a Christian standpoint, counters this universal human tendency away from God and others and toward ourselves.

Brooks suggests taking the Narcissistic Personality Inventory test, and keeping a tight leash on your emotions to make sure you do not derive your self-worth from the opinions of others. He also suggests a social-media fast for Lent—not to avoid internet communication all together, but to avoid using it for self-promotion.

These are important suggestions for adults, and they can guide parents in how to raise their children. As you raise your kids, make sure to emphasize self-respect and warn them against an unhealthy focus on their public image. It's never too late to encourage a healthy attitude about fame, and a self-respect rooted in things that really matter. If you have teens in your home, take the Narcissistic Personality Inventory together and then consider participating in a self-promotion social-media fast as a family during Lent.

After all, what parent wants to hear their kids say about a war hero, "I like people who weren't captured"?