On narcissism

Of the political and non-political sort. Psychology Today has an interesting summary of recent research on narcissism. A highlight:

These researchers also did a survey of people asking them what behaviors they believe increase their status in a group. People who scored low on the [Narcissism Personality Inventory] tended to list behaviors in which they treated other people nicely. People who scored high on the NPI tended to list behaviors that got them noticed like being arrogant or pointing out other people’s weaknesses. These more aggressive behaviors may get people status in the short-term, but in the long-term they tend to erode that status.

This pattern may be one reason why narcissists often move from one group to another in organizations. They can make themselves noticed quickly, but their behaviors lead them to wear out their welcome quickly. Because narcissists are sensitive to when their status is declining, they can recognize when it is time to find a new group.

Michael Lowrey

Michael Lowrey is a contributor to Carolina Journal and a policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation. Lowrey has written numerous articles for the foundation on topics su...