A new study shows that narcissists, who have an inflated sense of self-importance and disregard others, are less likely to be depressed and stressed out than normal people.
Researchers with Queen’s University Belfast looked at 700 adults with the personality disorder to determine why they appear to thrive in society.
Among their toxic traits, narcissists engage in risky behavior, have grand delusions about themselves, show little empathy for others and don’t often experience much shame or guilt, the study said.
“However, what this research has questioned is if narcissism… is indeed so socially toxic, why does it persist and why is it on the rise in modern societies?” said lead researcher Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou.
The study published in the Personality and Individual Differences Journal determined that narcissists are “mentally tough” and often oblivious to shame — and as such, are less likely to exhibit stress or depression.
“The results from all the studies that we conducted show that grandiose narcissism correlates with very positive components of mental toughness, such as confidence and goal orientation, protecting against symptoms of depression and perceived stress,” he said.
Papageorgiou said the study’s findings “promotes diversity and inclusiveness” of people suffering from narcissism.
“While of course, not all dimensions of narcissism are good, certain aspects can lead to positive outcomes,” Papageorgiou said.
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