Narcissists Support Military Rule Rather Than Democracy – Women After 40

We must ensure that we do not encourage entitlement or expectations of special treatment.

London: Narcissists tend not to support democracies and believe countries would be better run by strong leaders or the military, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Kent in the UK suggest that narcissists tend to feel entitled and superior to others, leading to a lower tolerance for differing political opinions.

In contrast, people who have a positive, non-defensive self-image and who trust others are more likely to show support for democracy, the study found.

The study, published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, consisted of two parts that analyzed the relationship between different types of self-assessment – narcissism and self-esteem – and support for democracy in the US and Poland.

The team set out to understand the psychological mechanisms that drive support for democracy.

They built on previous research showing that basic personality traits can predict broader beliefs about the organization of the social world.

“The question of whether the new generations are becoming more narcissistic than previous ones is still unclear, but it is important to observe how societal changes can affect the self,” said Aleksandra Cichocka of the University of Kent in the UK.

“We have to make sure we’re not encouraging entitlement or expectations of special treatment,” Cichocka said.

“In the end, these processes can have important implications for our social and political attitudes,” she said. Narcissists Support Military Rule Rather Than Democracy – Women After 40

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