The strange allure of narcissism

Usually we find narcissistic individuals appealing because they are confident, extroverted and agentic,” says Dr. W. Keith Campbell, a professor of psychology at the University of Georgia and the author of When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement. “These are traits that make good partners or leaders. The problem occurs when this confidence is not tempered by empathy for others or honest self-appraisal. Then things can go wrong quickly.”…

 

 As Dr. Campbell mentioned, the key trait of narcissistic personality is a lack of empathy for others. Narcissists see other people as either tools that will help them along on their social or professional ascent, or as obstacles to that ascent.

 

They won’t just step on toes; they’ll step on heads and necks to get to where they want to be. Narcissists don’t treat other people as individuals with their own thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams — they treat other people as bit part actors in their own personal Movie of the Week.

 

Sofi Papamarko