According to a new study, narcissists have yet another thing to feel good about: superior health. A team of Australian researchers found that narcissism is linked with fewer illnesses and a better sense of general well-being.
For the study researchers used a variety of indicators to measure the physical and mental health of nearly 1,400 American undergraduate students, 2,000 American high-school students and 280 British undergraduate students. The study participants took questionnaires to assess their narcissism. The questionnaires had questions to which participants had to agree or disagree to statements such as "I tend to want others to admire me" or "I have used deceit or lied to get my way." The students also answered surveys that were designed to measure their psychological health and social skills. Lastly, the students were given a survey asking about their physical health with questions such as "Compared to others your age, how would you rate your health?
After analyzing the results, the team found there was little correlation between narcissism and physical- or mental-health issues. The results showed that narcissists tended to report a higher level of well-being than those who scored lower in narcissism.
“Psychopathy and Machiavellianism were linked to a number of psychological and physical health conditions,” said the researchers. “In addition, psychopathy was related to diminished life expectancy, whereas narcissism was related to enhanced life expectancy.”
The results of this study show that there may be some benefits to being a narcissist? Do you know somebody who is a narcissist? If you do, how do they feel about their health?