Men Are More Narcissistic, Something I’VE Always Known

But enough about me. Just kidding!

Me and my web editor pal Alex, but mostly me

(WTNH)  This story might be “news” in that it reflects findings of a study just out today.  But every woman around me insists it is certainly nothing new.

The March issue of the journal of the American Psychological Association finds that men are more likely to demonstrate narcissistic behavior than women. Always. Every age, every generation.  Men RULE narcissism!  Duuuuuuuuuuuudes!

I digress.  The study defines narcissism according to three qualities: entitlement, leadership/authority, and grandiose/exhibitionism. If I could put that all into one sentence, using the first-person form only as an example: I was born to be in charge and if you don’t believe me check out these washboard abs.

My wife gently points this out about me; when she’s telling me a story about something or other, I tend to respond with, “ does this affect me?”  At which point she rhetorically asks, then answers: “Because who’s it all about? The Jim-ster!”  I always found this funny, but now that I think about it, she kinda says it through gritted teeth.  But I and others of my gender have that always reliable excuse about having narcissistic tendencies: we evolved this way!

The study says high levels of narcissism have been a necessary adaptation for men through the ages, making them — excuse me, making US — better leaders.  But the study also found it can lead directly to an inability to maintain healthy long-term relationships, and aggression.  Throw in unethical behavior, and you’ve got yourself one lousy first date.

These are stereotypes, but lead researcher Emily Grijalva of the University of Buffalo said they’re stereotypes that are culturally ingrained. “Individuals..learn gender roles from a young age…In particular, women often receive harsh criticism for being aggressive or authoritative, which creates pressure for women, more so than for men, to suppress displays of narcissistic behavior.”

I should mention the study found narcissism levels were about the same for men and women in the grandiose/exhibitionism category.  I certainly haven’t noticed women sitting out the selfie craze.  They don’t call those selfie sticks, which help YOU take better pictures of YOU “narscissis-sticks” for nothing.

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