Narcissism. We all have a general idea of what it is and how narcissistic individuals impact those around them. Maybe you have experienced a narcissist, or have heard stories from friends or family, but it is clear that they can be more than a bit unpleasant.
“Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
Narcissism can be a genetic trait, but, more often than not, it is developed overtime in relation to a specific parenting style.
Researchers wanted to know what parenting styles were more likely to create a narcissistic personality, so they surveyed 565 children ages 7 to 11. They also interviewed their parents (415 mothers and 290 fathers).
Their results showed that parents who praise their children excessively, tell them they are superior to others, and deserve special treatment are more likely to raise a narcissistic child who may grow up to be a narcissistic adult. This is especially true for children between the ages of 7 and 11.