Narcissists less likely to support democracy

December 5, 2018, University of Kent
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New research suggests that people with a narcissistic self-view are more likely to demonstrate lower support for democracy.

They are also more likely to feel that democracies are not good in maintaining order, or that it would be better if countries were run by strong leaders or the military.

The research, which was co-led by psychologists at the University of Kent, suggests this is probably because narcissists tend to feel entitled and superior to others, which results in lower tolerance of diverse political opinions.

In contrast, people who take a positive, non-defensive self-view and trust others are more likely to show for democracy, the research found.

The study, the findings of which are published as My way or the highway: high narcissism and predict decreased support for democracy, consisted of two parts that analysed the relationship between different types of self-evaluation—narcissism and —and support for democracy in the US and Poland.

The , led by Dr. Aleksandra Cichocka, of Kent's School of Psychology, and Dr. Marta Marchlewska, of the Polish Academy of Sciences, set out to understand the psychological mechanisms driving support for . They built on previous research which demonstrated that basic personality traits can predict broader opinions about the organisation of the social world.

Dr. Cichocka said: 'The jury is out on whether the new generations are becoming more narcissistic than previous ones, but it is important to monitor how societal changes can affect the self. We need to make sure we are not fostering feelings of entitlement or expectations of special treatment. In the end, these processes may have important implications for our social and political attitudes.'

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More information: Marta Marchlewska et al, My way or the highway: High narcissism and low self-esteem predict decreased support for democracy, British Journal of Social Psychology (2018). DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12290

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julianpenrod
1 / 5 (3) Dec 05, 2018
Among other things, the leaders of governments are all millionaires. They end up benefiting no matter what happens to the country. They are all also friends of those who will "replace" them. Fidel Castro was not a peasant who led the nation to freedom, he was a lawyer. So was Gandhi. And the French Revolution was not standing up for rights, it was the rich mercantile bourgeoisie getting rid of the accepted power of aristocratic rank in society. Government runs only to make the rich richer. It's never a matter of guidance by a philosophical system and whether one's system is right. The rich do what makes them richer and spin some doggerel for the gullible saying that that necessarily is all for the public's good.
V4Vendicar
3 / 5 (4) Dec 05, 2018
Why shouldn't the rich make rules to make themselves richer? The poor are inferior and too stupid to be rich. The poor need to be owned and cared for like barnyard animals, because they aren't much smarter than barnyard animals.

Thank goodness we have a genius like Donald Trump running the country.
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (4) Dec 05, 2018
Well now there's a surprise. /sarcasm

One notes that most if not all right wing nutjobs appear to suffer from narcissistic personality disorder.
CogNeuroNut
5 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2018
Why shouldn't the rich make rules to make themselves richer? The poor are inferior and too stupid to be rich. The poor need to be owned and cared for like barnyard animals, because they aren't much smarter than barnyard animals.

Thank goodness we have a genius like Donald Trump running the country.


Obviously, you read this part: "high narcissism and low self-esteem..." So, your clearly narcissistic post must equate to low self- esteem.

You see, it's easy to generalize and apply logical fallacy to one's cognition about any subject matter, rather than think about what's being presented. Opinions are not = to knowledge and are not = to truth.
rrwillsj
not rated yet Dec 06, 2018
well wingnut, if I express a testable opinion that the Bogus POTUS is a senile buffoon & the head of a family crime operation as defined by RICO?

And my opinions are finally confirmed with indictments & brought to trial resulting in convictions?

Even the limited knowledge forming my opinions can = truth.

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