You’re more likely to find a narcissist in the c-suite than on the street, research suggests.
This is because the traits that make narcissists so difficult to hang out with or date — including a constant need for validation, a willingness to control people, a ruthlessness in getting their needs met — happen to make them super effective at rising up the ranks.
To help you figure out if you (or perhaps your boss) are a narcissist, we combed through the psychology literature looking for patterns of narcissistic behavior.
Here’s what we found:
1.You enjoy leading others and telling them what to do.
Narcissists typically enjoy leadership positions since they are able to dominate others and fulfill their need for constant positive reinforcement.
2.You are an entertainer.
“A narcissist monk would not be good, but to be Kanye West and a narcissist is fantastic,” said University of Western Sydney psychologist Peter Jonason, an expert on social psychology.