Narcissism isn’t all bad if you’re living in the White House, according to research published in Psychological Science in October. Though the trait is considered a personality flaw, it tends to help presidents — as well as hurt them.
Ashley L. Watts, a doctoral student at Emory University and the lead author of the study, told PsyPost the findings “suggest that the relations between grandiose narcissism and indicators of successful narcissism are much more nuanced than previous literature suggests.”
Narcissists tend to have fantasies of extraordinary success, heightened feelings of entitlement, and a lack of empathy. Research has found that narcissists can be divided into a “vulnerable” subtype and a “grandiose” subtype.
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