=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Narcissists are more likely to be aggressive and violent because their ‘thin skins’ cause them to lash out if they feel disrespected, a study has found.
They are also more likely to be ‘cold, deliberate and proactive’ in their aggression, researchers say, and ‘not particularly picky when it comes to how they attack others’.
The analysis showed narcissism was linked to bullying, both online and offline.
‘That’s a highly important finding now that we live in an online world,’ said Sophie Kjaervik, a graduate student at Ohio State University who led the study.
Researchers analysed data from 437 independent studies from around the world and found the link between narcissism and aggression was similar regardless of gender, age or country of residence.
‘It is a pretty straightforward message: Narcissism is a significant risk factor for aggressive and violent behaviour across the board,’ said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study.
Narcissism is characterised by an overblown sense of self-importance, he added, with entitlement the key component.
Narcissism also has two peripheral components: grandiose (those with high self-esteem) and vulnerable (those with low self-esteem). The study found all of these components were linked to aggression.