Are You a Narcissist?

Are you a narcissist?  Have someone ask you that question. reports that a new study has found that, if you are, you will, duh, willingly admit it.

“People who are willing to admit they are more narcissistic than others probably actually are more narcissistic,” said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.

“People who are narcissists are almost proud of the fact. You can ask them directly because they don’t see narcissism as a negative quality – they believe they are superior to other people and are fine."

But that's not always a good thing.  Understanding narcissism has many implications for society that extend beyond the impact on the individual narcissist’s life, adds Sara Konrath of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (formerly of the University of Michigan).   “For example, narcissistic people have low empathy, and empathy is one key motivator of philanthropic behavior such as donating money or time to organizations.  And they have no problem saying that publicly."

“Overall, narcissism is problematic for both individuals and society. Those who think they are already great don’t try to improve themselves,” Bushman said.

Not surprisingly, people who are narcissists are bad for society because "people who are only thinking of themselves and their own interests are less helpful to others.”

Those who scored high on a test for narcissism also scored high on vanity, exhibitionism, exploitativeness, authority, superiority, self-sufficiency, and entitlement, according to

Another study found that people scoring high in narcissism were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors and had difficulty maintaining long-term committed romantic relationships.

People who were identified as narcissists had both positive and negative outcomes on the tests in the study, Bushman said. They reported more positive feelings, more extraversion, and marginally less depression.

But they also reported less agreeableness, and more anger, shame, guilt, and fear. In addition, people scoring high on one test showed negative interpersonal outcomes, such as having poor relationships with others and less positive behavior when their ego was threatened.

So, do you know any narcissists?  I guess you'll know us when you see us!  


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