If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the President of the United States, you might be a narcissist, according to a new study (See link below.) Wall Street traders and CEOs of financial companies might also score high on the narcissist chart. Congressional leaders, too. If only a big ego meant competence. But it doesn’t, as we’ve so unfortunately seen lately.
Narcissists like to be in charge, but the new study shows that narcissists don’t outperform others in leadership roles. Narcissists are egotistical types who exaggerate their talents and abilities and lack empathy for others. Their egos tell them that they can’t be wrong, even if they are. They don’t like to be questioned. They don’t tell the truth if a lie would be better. They need followers, known as “narcissistic supply.” Worst of all, they think it’s all about them and nothing about you!
Can we avoid them? It might be hard. They seem to gravitate toward leadership roles because that’s where the power and recognition is. Narcissists can be so charming at first. It’s not until they get into office that we find out the bitter truth. The best thing is to have a realistic attitude. These people are human, after all. Don’t expect miracles. Expect mistakes. Take action for your own life. And maybe we’ll get lucky and elect a president who really does want to serve the people.
I wrote about narcissism, particularly in politics, in I’m the Center of the Universe. Here is an article about a study of narcissism in politics and business, which focuses on political and business leaders: Narcissists Tend to Become Leaders. For an explanation of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, click here.
Two blogs with incisive posts on Narcissistic Personality Disorder: