22 Signs You Might Be A Narcissist

You're more likely to find a narcissist in the C-suite than on the street. Wikimedia Commons

6. You are self-righteous

Narcissists often believe their views are inherently superior to other people's perspectives. But what they truly value is the attention they receive for holding those views.

For example, Burgo said, a narcissist might believe he has a closer connection to God — but it's more important to him that other people acknowledge this connection and admire his deep sense of spirituality.

Narcissists feel okay acting vengeful or antisocial. Flickr/Mike Goren

7. You feel justified in being mean to people

"Vindictive" narcissists generally know vengeful or antisocial behavior isn't acceptable. But they feel okay about acting that way because they constantly feel they've been wronged, Burgo said.

What's more, they often take offense where it's not intended, meaning they're constantly hearing people say, "That's not what I meant!"

8. You enjoy leading others and telling them what to do

Writing in Psychology Today, Kaufman says narcissists typically enjoy leadership positions since they are able to dominate others and fulfill their need for constant positive reinforcement.

9. You are an entertainer

"A narcissist monk would not be good, but to be Kanye West and a narcissist is fantastic," said University of Western Sydney psychologist Peter Jonason, an expert on social psychology. 

10. You hate having to feel emotions

The "very fact of having a feeling in the presence of another person suggests you can be touched emotionally by friends, family, partners, and even the occasional tragedy or failure," Harvard Medical School psychologist Craig Malkin writes in The Huffington Post.

That's why narcissists avoid emotional displays.

Feeling an emotion "challenges their sense of perfect autonomy," he continues. "To admit to a feeling of any kind suggests they can be affected by someone or something outside of them."

As a result, narcissists tend to change the topic of conversation when feelings come up — especially their own. 

11. You are likely young and male

After 34,653 face-to-face interviews, psychologist Frederick Stinson found that men tend to be more narcissistic than women across their lifespans.

Narcissism is believed to peak during adolescence and decline with age.

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