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A Field Guide to Narcissism

Psychology Today on narcissists, why we love to hate them, (or hate to love them) and why it’s so difficult to spot them in a culture that rewards more the self-centered than the selfless. Here’s a quote explaining your “inner narcissist”:

You’re pretty pleased with yourself. And that’s a good thing. Studies reveal that most ordinary people secretly think they’re better than everyone else: We rate ourselves as more dependable, smarter, friendlier, harder-working, less-prejudiced and even better in the sack than others. “The paradox about narcissism is that we all have this streak of egotism,” says Mark Leary, chair of the department of psychology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “Eighty percent of people think they’re better than average.”

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