What new science of narcissism says + Control group outshines mediums in psychic test

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Control group outperforms mediums in psychic test

SUMMARY POINTS: A control group outperformed professional mediums in a psychic test. This contradicted previous research the team performed in which mediums scored above chance levels. For this study, every volunteer had to guess the cause of death after being given three choices.(MORE - details)

What the new science of narcissism says about narcissists

INTRO: The term ‘narcissism’ has become a household word. We’ve seen this ‘me first’ mentality evolve on social media, and we use the word to describe celebrities, politicians and even some of our coworkers and friends. We commonly say that someone is ‘narcissistic’ to mean they’re selfish, manipulative or driven by ego.

But there’s a difference between everyday selfishness and real narcissism – and there’s a distinction between a normal personality trait and the harmful, rare personality disorder. As the research around narcissism has evolved in recent years, psychologists and psychiatrists have learned more about these differences. For instance, we tend to think of narcissists as brash, flashy people who take over a conversation, but new studies have shown that insecure narcissists exist as well. They’re still self-involved and self-focused but are more hidden from public view.

To avoid confusion, researchers now define narcissism in three different ways: narcissistic personality disorder; a grandiose personality trait; and a vulnerable personality trait. All three represent important aspects of narcissism, and the key is to understand how they’re different. Let’s start with the most common understanding and move through the latest updates... (MORE)

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