Why be­ing a nar­cis­sist may be the key to hap­pi­ness

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Vic­to­ria Allen Sci­ence Cor­re­spon­dent

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.’

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