Why being a narcissist may be the key to happiness
CALLING someone a narcissist is rarely intended as a compliment.
But there might be something to be said for a little self-admiration – as research suggests narcissism is good for your mental health.
‘Grandiose’ narcissists, who have an over-inflated sense of importance and status, are less likely to be depressed and stressed than the more modest among us.
Two studies by Queen’s University Belfast found narcissists show greater ‘mental toughness’, as it appears their self-belief makes them more resilient.
Experts asked around 700 young people to rate how much they agreed with nine statements used to judge narcissism, while a second questionnaire judged depression.
Those who scored highly for ‘grandiose’ narcissism scored lower for depression.
Dr Kostas Papageorgiou, who led the studies published in journals Personality and Individual Differences and European Psychiatry, said: ‘These findings suggest people might want to adopt more narcissistic traits in certain areas of life. It may make life simpler to navigate.’
Enough about me! How about you?!’