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Why is Narcissism Adaptive in Youth?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 15, 2016

In recent years, psychologists have documented the potential benefits of narcissism, highlighting the fact that narcissism is multifaceted and is normally distributed in the general population (i.e., everyone is a little bit narcissistic). A new developmental study conducted by Patrick Hill and Brent Roberts make an important contribution to this literature. In a large sample of 807 undergraduates and their family members, narcissism and all its components were related to age: the older the participant, the less they reported engaging in narcissistic behaviors.

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