The Psychological Core of Unethical, Anti-Social People

None of us are perfect, and all of us occasionally do things that hurt other people. But, some people do things that hurt other people far more often, and with far more serious consequences, than the rest of us do. Psychologists have been interested for many years in understanding people who regularly harm other people [...]

Do Western Societies Promote Narcissism?

Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to show that people who grew up in the former western states of Germany have higher levels of narcissism than those whose socialization took place in the former eastern states. Between 1949 and 1989/90, life in West Germany was characterized by a culture of individualism, with [...]

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Parents Who ‘Over-Value’ Their Kids May Turn Them into Narcissists

Parents who shower their child with too much praise, making them feel superior to others, may be cultivating a narcissist, researchers suggest. Psychologists from the Netherlands studied more than 500 children for several years and found kids who had been "overvalued" by their parents were more likely to suffer from narcissism. While parents may think telling [...]

Men Tend to Be More Narcissistic Than Women

With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. Forthcoming in the journal Psychological Bulletin, the study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in narcissism across multiple [...]

Aussies might be getting kinder

The world today is often portrayed as being less kind, friendly or giving than it used to be. So-called Gen Me, today’s teens and young adults, are the poster-children of moral decline, routinely characterised as narcissistic, selfish and hedonist. Despite such concerns we know relatively little about the social composition of kindness and how it [...]

Entering adulthood in a recession linked to lower narcissism later life

We often attribute the narcissistic tendencies of others to parenting practices or early social experiences. But new research reveals that economic conditions in the formative years of early adulthood may also play a role. The research shows that people who entered their adulthood during hard economic times are less narcissistic later in life than those [...]

Do Today’s Teens Really Love Themselves?

Do today’s teens really love themselves? This article goes over the ever-fertile ground that is Kim Kardashian’s preference for sharing her every – ever so deep – thought accompanied by the ubiquitous selfie via social media.   You all know what a selfie is by now. And it’s likely that you all know that selfies [...]

The disturbing world of ‘pretty or ugly’ videos

When I was a teenager I would spend hours in my room singing into my hairbrush microphone in front of the mirror.  Go on, admit it, you probably did the same.  Indulging in some self-love is a fundamental right of childhood. For the kids of today the mirror has morphed into a small pixelated screen [...]

What’s in a selfie? A high school student tells us

If social media only caused narcissism, it wouldn't be the worst thing. Instagram and Facebook are social networks that not only breed narcissistic tendencies but transform relations into a sexual rat race. On these ubiquitous portals, the popularity of girls is hotly contested over one big deal: how sexy can I appear and bring it [...]

Reflecting on narcissism

Imagine a country where everyone acts like a reality show contestant — obsessed with power, status and appearance, and is comfortable manipulating others for their personal gain. “I’m here to win, not make friends,” would be the national motto. via Reflecting on narcissism.