You were born a narcissist, and so was I. Seriously, I have a 3-month-old at home, and not only has he has taken over my life, but he’s displaying the classic symptoms of narcissism. “Young children are incredibly egocentric by nature,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Builds Stronger Relationships
Narcissism at the disorder level makes a person virtually incapable of maintaining healthy relationships. However, an optimal level can help. A solid foundation of self-esteem makes one less needy and dependent on others for happiness, which, in turn, can lead to successful personal relationships. “People with healthy narcissism don’t have to rely on others for affirmation,” says Whitbourne. “They feel good enough about themselves that they don’t have to be always testing the waters. That is beneficial for relationships, and what’s good for relationships is good for our health.”