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5 Shocking "Narcissism" Behaviors That Aren't Actually Narcissism
These five behaviors are often mischaracterized as narcissism but actually aren't.
Learn the five behaviors that are often mistaken for narcissism.
“1. Selfie-taking on its own.
Researchers discovered something interesting about selfie-taking: while it was significantly associated with narcissism scores in men, it was generally not associated with narcissism scores in women contrary to what might be normally assumed. While excessive selfie-taking has been shown to be an indicator of more grandiose narcissistic traits and can point to the “vanity” aspect of narcissism, on its own it is not a concrete measure of narcissism since other studies have found that people who score low on narcissism can also take many selfies. Therefore, selfie-taking behaviors must be considered along with the presence or absence of other more harmful narcissistic behaviors in order to determine whether someone is truly narcissistic. Ironically, someone who takes a selfie can be less narcissistic than the person judging them viciously and contemptuously putting them down or spreading rumors as a result. That’s because harmful traits and behaviors that far surpass vanity such as malicious envy, relational aggression, a lack of empathy toward others, and exploitativeness are associated with narcissism according to research." - Shahida Arabi, MA
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