NCBI ROFL: You probably think this paper's about you: Narcissists' perceptions of their personality and reputation.

By ncbi rofl | June 6, 2011 7:00 pm

“Do narcissists have insight into the negative aspects of their personality and reputation? Using both clinical and subclinical measures of narcissism, the authors examined others’ perceptions, self-perceptions, and meta-perceptions of narcissists across a wide range of traits for a new acquaintance and close other (Study 1), longitudinally with a group of new acquaintances (Study 2), and among coworkers (Study 3). Results bring 3 surprising conclusions about narcissists: (a) they understand that others see them less positively than they see themselves (i.e., their meta-perceptions are less biased than are their self-perceptions), (b) they have some insight into the fact that they make positive first impressions that deteriorate over time, and (c) they have insight into their narcissistic personality (e.g., they describe themselves as arrogant). These findings shed light on some of the psychological mechanisms underlying narcissism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved).”

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  • Greg

    Yeah, Yeah, that’s all very intriguing… But what about ME!!!

  • MDS

    So, let me get this straight:

    1. “Narcissists” understand that others don’t view them as highly
    2. That their impressions degrades over time
    3. And actually describe themselves as “arrogant.”

    So, where exactly is the psychological dysfunction that you would expect from the diagnosis?

    Doesn’t this mean that the majority of people diagnosed do not really possess the disorder?


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