Narcissism: More Stressful for Men Than Women
Think the world revolves around you? If you're a guy, your narcissism is really stressing you out.
In a study published in the publication PLoS ONE, researchers gave 106 undergrads a Narcissistic Personality Inventory, in which they chose from either narcissistic responses or non-narcissistic ones. Researchers also tested the subjects' "passive drool," better known as saliva, to measure their level of cortisol — the stress hormone.
The researchers broke down the responses into unhealthy narcissism — which was characterized by "entitlement" and "exploitativeness" — and healthy narcissism, which they associated with qualities like leadership and self-sufficiency.
Turns out, the men who exhibited unhealthy narcissism in the Inventory had higher cortisol levels than non-narcissistic men. The women who chose unhealthy narcissistic responses also had higher levels of cortisol, but not nearly as much as the men.
Researchers then attempted to explain why men might me more stressed out by their own narcissism:
"Perhaps females can escape more severe physiological consequences of narcissism because there are different expectations for their roles in society."
They add that female gender roles encourage women to seek support, which could help lower their risk for chronic stress. But I guess that would mean women are less stressed overall, too.
The study's coauthor, Sara Konrath, adds that " societal definitions of masculinity that overlap with narcissism — for example, the belief that men should be arrogant and dominant — men who endorse stereotypically male sex roles and who are also high in narcissism may feel especially stressed."
And that's not the only reason to check your ego at the door. The study also points out that high stress levels could lead to cardiovascular problems. So being an egomaniac might very well be hazardous to your health.
I live with a narcissit woman and it is all about them.
Car breaks down she takes the good one, her job
life is more important, refuses to cooperate
Funny she was not like this before marrriage
I live with a narcissistic man, whose narcissism is completely unfounded because he has a horrible time holding down a job or living a normal lifestyle. It is quite a struggle to live with this type – you cannot contradict them, or they fly off the handle…they believe the world should stop for their problems, but not for anybody else’s…they interrupt others when speaking…they belittle everyone else in their lives…they are chronic blamers who never accept responsibility…sigh, the list goes on. But, one thing I have discovered is that people who act this way are completely unaware of their problem! Most Narcissists do not even realize they fit into that category, so I don’t know how they could be stressed out by their own narcissism. I guess the tests reveal that they are unconsciously aware, and this raises their cortisol levels? And apparently high cortisol levels lead to more belly fat – which my man also has, in-spite of having a lean body (and no, it isn’t a beer belly). So, the excess cortisol, derived from the narcissistic attitude, could explain the belly fat too.
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