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New hope for narcissists: Canadian study suggests there may be a cure for self-centred grandiosity after all

New hope for narcissists- Canadian study suggests there may be a cure for self-centred grandiosity after all

The over-sexed belligerence of Anthony Weiner, whose candidacy for mayor of New York failed this week, illustrates the classical view of narcissism as a complex personality trait involving lack of empathy, self-centred grandiosity and arrogance.
From the horrific self-absorption of Karla Homolka and the evil Queen in Snow White, to the homicidal flamboyance of Muammar Ghaddafi and Kim Jong Il, the narcissist is usually described as the product of a long and complicated psychological development. Like hypochondriacs, narcissists are made, not born.
New research out of Wilfrid Laurier University, however, suggests narcissism might be simpler than that. More than just a moral failing or psychiatric symptom, narcissism might reflect a basic mechanical failure of the brain’s natural tendency to mimic.
Intriguingly, it also suggests that narcissism’s opposite, empathy, might even improve with practice.

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