New Research Finds Why Narcissists Are More Likely To Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Antagonism, on the other hand, describes the aggression people with NPD show toward other people and other opinions. This aggression is typically thought to be used as a control tactic.

Finally, agent extraversion also describes aggressive or assertive actions but in a slightly different way.

Agent extraversion coincides more closely with self-confidence and the way people with NPD charm others.

The research team has suggested that paranoia about one’s life can lead to people with NPD being more receptive to conspiracy theories.

Furthermore, when people with NPD feel the need to maintain control over their lives– especially during times of great uncertainty– they may cling to outlandish claims.

And, once anyone tries to challenge these conspiracies, people with NPD fall back on antagonism– which often only increases their own beliefs. Interestingly, the researchers have also specifically outlined these findings as a threat to political stability.

“Narcissists tend to view themselves as qualified for politics and tend to contemplate running for office. Narcissism also seems to be higher among political leaders– especially those that are populist or autocratic,” the study began.

“Therefore, we can expect engagement with conspiracy theories among active politicians, particularly in times that challenge their power. This is concerning given the harmful societal consequences of conspiracy theories.”

To read the study’s complete findings, which have since been published in Science Direct, visit the link here.

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