Narcissism link in high achievement
■ Does your child have a superiority complex? If so, they may also perform better at school, according to Irish research. The study by Queen’s University Belfast suggests that the growing rate of narcissism in society could be linked with school achievement.
■ Dr Kostas Papageorgiou of the college’s School of Psychology has discovered that adolescents who score high on certain aspects of subclinical narcissism may be moree mentally tough and can perform better at school.
■ “If you are a narcissist you believe strongly that you are better than anyone else and that you deserve reward,” Dr Papageorgiou said. “Being confident in your own abilities is one of the key signs of grandiose narcissism and is also at the core of mental toughness. If a person is mentally tough, they are likely to embrace challenges and see these as an opportunity for personal growth.
■ “They have a heightened sense of selfworth and have a increased mental toughness,” he said.