Narcissists actually hate themselves

A new study from New York University shows that grandiose narcissists might not be considered narcissists at all, because their behaviour could resemble psychopathy – a related condition in which people act with no empathy in self-serving ways. The research team suggests vulnerable types are the true narcissists, because they don’t seek power or dominance, but rather affirmation and attention that elevate their status and image in the minds of others.

“They do not feel good about themselves at all,” says Pascal Wallisch, clinical associate professor at New York University and senior author of the study. “The paper is not to demonise narcissists at all – on the contrary, we need a lot more compassion.”

Narcissism has never been about self-love – it is almost entirely about self-loathing – Ramani Durvasula

The study involved nearly 300 undergraduate university students, who answered questionnaires that measured personality traits, like being insecure or unempathetic, with statements like “I tend to lack remorse” or “It matters that I am seen at important events”. They found that unlike grandiose narcissists, vulnerable narcissists were the group who most manifested insecurity and other related traits.

Leave a Reply, All comments will be moderated - Many thanks for your contribution

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.