Meta-Analysis Finds Correlation Between Narcissism and Aggression

In a recent study, researchers did a meta-analysis of 437 other studies on narcissism and aggression. The meta-analysis looked at data from over 123,000 participants and found that narcissism is related to a 21% increase in aggressive behavior and an 18% increase in violent behavior.

Narcissism, simply defined is “entitled self-importance.”

Researchers stated that those who are highly narcissistic are especially aggressive when provoked but also aggressive otherwise. Participants with high levels of narcissism also demonstrated high levels of physical and verbal aggression, spreading gossip, bullying and even displacing aggression against innocents or strangers. They were seen to attack both in a hotblooded and coldblooded manner. Narcissism correlated with aggression in both males and females and in both Western and Eastern countries.

Researchers stated that people who think they are superior to others seem to have fewer qualms about attacking those they view as inferior. Research demonstrates that everyone is a little narcissistic but there are those with a much higher level of narcissism and that relates to their level of aggression. They also tend to be bad relationship partners, discriminate against others and are low in empathy.

Other studies have looked at a rise in narcissism. Some experts believe social media may be a factor. One study saw that people who posted a large number of selfies increased narcissistic traits by 25% in just four months. Another study found 85% of people are taking far more pictures of themselves than every before.


New Study Looks at Special Sub Set of Essential Workers

A new study has found that essential workers (people who work at retail stores, groceries and restaurants) who scored higher on narcissism measurements also shared more than others about their work.

This sharing, whether over social media, in person or otherwise, increased their feelings of narcissism in the moment.

Study authors said that the word “hero” is a trigger word for narcissists. Their study was not focused just front-line essential workers but anyone that works outside the home. Having their work described as heroic plays into narcissist behaviors and gives them an opportunity to shine, in their minds.

Study authors wanted to stress that the results don’t apply to all essential workers, just those who scored highly on narcissism measurements. The study is only about just that subset of workers who admitted to having narcissist behaviors—like the desire to show off to others or the different ways in which they use social media.

The work was published in a journal called “Personality and  Individual Differences.”