Narcissists less likely to experience stress or depression

Recent findings have revealed that individuals who exhibit traits of grandiose narcissism may be less likely to experience stress or depression.

Someone with a narcissistic personality disorder is characterised as having an inflated sense of self-importance, a need of excessive attention and admiration, and a lack of empathy.

While narcissism may be viewed as an undesirable personality trait, researchers say it could give people an advantage in dealing with life’s ups and downs, because their personality is less vulnerable to depression and less likely to be affected by stressful situations.

Queen’s University in Belfast has accessed three separate studies involving more than 700 participants who were characterised with narcissism.

The researchers found that individuals with this personality type had lower levels of perceived stress in their lives and boosted mental toughness which can offset symptoms of depression.

Dr Kostas Papageorgiou, from Queen’s School of Psychology, said grandiose narcissism correlates “with very positive components of mental toughness, such as confidence and goal-orientation, protecting against symptoms of depression and perceived stress”.

“This research really helps to explain variation in symptoms of depression in society – if a person is more mentally tough they are likely to embrace challenges head-on, rather than viewing them as a hurdle.

“While of course, not all dimensions of narcissism are good, certain aspects can lead to positive outcomes.”

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