Narcissism can lead to mental strength and less stress and depression, according to a recent study by Queen’s University, Belfast, published in the journals Personality and Individual Differences and European Psychiatry. Narcissistic personality disorder is believing that you are better than anyone and that you deserve good things, anyone spring to mind?
Those who are narcissistic could behave as if they were “above others”, and they could easily be used to their own advantage or passed on to others. You should also look out for a narcissist. They may be frustrated when people do not recognise their achievements or are offended by the success of others. Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou from the Queen’s School of Psychology says there are actually two types of narcissism: great and vulnerable.
According to the Metro, he says: ‘Vulnerable narcissists are likely to be more defensive and view the behaviour of others as hostile, whereas grandiose narcissists usually have an over-inflated sense of importance and a preoccupation with status and power.
‘Individuals high on the spectrum of dark traits, such as narcissism, engage in risky behaviour, hold an unrealistic superior view of themselves, are overconfident, show little empathy for others, and have little shame or guilt.’ Those who are vulnerable are more likely to have low self-esteem, whereas those who are grandiose have a mental toughness that can make them less prone to stress and depression.
So if you’re big headed, arrogant, egotistical and all round up yourself, well, at least you’re not stressed or depressed!
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