Narcissists need no reality check

Despite inflated egos, they evaluate themselves with unexpectedly clear eyes

By Bruce Bower, 13:44 PM July 15, 2011

Narcissists make spectacles of their supposedly awesome selves, but they don’t see the world entirely through rose-colored glasses.

These sultans of self-regard accurately appraise their own personalities and reputations, say psychologist Erika Carlson of Washington University in St. Louis and her colleagues. Carlson’s team unexpectedly finds that narcissists acknowledge their own narcissism and assume that their arrogant strut gets frowned on by others.

In a further reality check, narcis...

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