Nar­cis­sism link in high achieve­ment

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

■ 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.

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