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NEW SCIENTIST on narcissists: if you can't beat them - join them!


New Scientist is confusing and conflating healthy narcissism with the pathological kind. Read these for a more accurate picture:

Pathological Narcissism - A Dysfunction or a Blessing?

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Narcissism and Self Love

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NEW SCIENTIST: All about me: How to be a successful narcissist
Self-love is a gift that keeps giving in our competitive world – if it’s the right sort. The good news is that we can all learn to blow our own trumpet

 
Everybody hates a big-head, so why do we fall for narcissists?
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By Emma Young

HUMILITY. Empathy. Selflessness. These are qualities most of us associate with being a “nice person”. But being nice doesn’t often help you in the fierce competition to get that job, win a project or secure a promotion. No one likes an egocentric big-head but if, as they say, “you are your own brand”, perhaps in this modern world it pays to be a bit narcissistic.

The truth is that although narcissists may be deluded, they can benefit from their inflated self-image and desire for others to recognise their superiority. We think we dislike them, but research shows we actually tend to judge them as more confident, intelligent and attractive than other people. This means they are more successful in job interviews, more likely to become leaders, and preferred by the opposite sex. There’s even evidence that narcissistic artists sell more and get higher prices for their work. So if you’re struggling with work or a relationship, perhaps you should become a bit more narcissistic.

That’s not as laughable as it sounds. A new understanding of narcissism suggests why, when and how it might be beneficial. It points to certain aspects of the trait that help people get on. It reveals that when it comes to success in life, there is a “right” and a “wrong” sort of narcissism. What’s more, we’re starting to understand how parents cultivate narcissism and self-esteem in their children. There are even hints about how adults lacking in self-love could learn to be a bit more narcissistic and promote “brand me” more successfully. ...



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