Narcissists might have “grandiose” deceptions about their own importance and an absence of “shame” – but psychologists say they are also likely to be happier than most people.
An ongoing study of narcissism by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast has noted such parties might rile others but are less likely to be stressed or depressed.
Psychologist Dr Kostas Papageorgiou says negative responses to narcissism can ignore the positive benefits to the narcissists themselves.
The investigates have been trying to understand why narcissism appears to be “on the rise in modern societies” – in politics, social media and celebrity culture – if it is also seen as being “socially toxic”.
‘Little shame or guilt’
They define narcissists as being likely to “engage in risky behaviour, harbour an improbable director examine of themselves, are over-confident, prove little empathy for others, and have little shame or guilt”.