PsyPost: National narcissism identified as a robust predictor of belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories

PsyPost: National narcissism identified as a robust predictor of belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories. “New research published Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin provides evidence that national narcissism is strongly tied to the spread of COVID-19 conspiracy theories. National narcissism, a type of collective narcissism, refers to the belief that one’s nation is exceptional and entitled to special treatment.”

Sydney Morning Herald: The insidious role of social media in Sydney power couple’s downfall

Sydney Morning Herald: The insidious role of social media in Sydney power couple’s downfall. “I admit to groaning my way through many an Instagram feed, from former foreign minister Julie Bishop’s never ending cocktail selfies with celebrities, to the absurdity of purportedly serious and highly paid journalists like Samantha Armytage and Karl Stefanovic flogging all manner of products – from diets to coffee pods – for their corporate overlords. If only the ethereal Kate Waterhouse posted a photo of one of those designer frocks she wears on Instagram – for a fee – with tomato sauce dribbled down the front, it would all be a tiny bit more relatable.”

The Guardian: Social media fuels narcissists’ worst desires, making reasoned debate near impossible

The Guardian: Social media fuels narcissists’ worst desires, making reasoned debate near impossible. “Social media is the narcissist’s playground. Through likes and shares, it re-engineers their social feedback loop towards the superficiality they thrive on, fuelling a sense of superiority and rewarding manipulative tendencies. Perhaps it is little wonder that narcissists are more likely to become addicted to social media.”

ScienceBlog: Narcissists Love Being Pandemic Essential Workers

ScienceBlog: Narcissists Love Being Pandemic Essential Workers. “In a new study, researchers found that essential workers (including those in restaurants, grocery and retail stores) who scored higher on measures of narcissism shared more than others about their work. And this sharing on social media, in person and elsewhere increased their narcissistic feelings in the moment.” I hope this goes without saying, but let me just emphasize that not all essential workers are narcissists, obviously, and all essential workers are, well, essential, no matter what their narcissism score is, and I thank them!

Washington Post: Some covid-19 rule-breakers could be narcissists, experts say. Here’s how to approach them.

Washington Post: Some covid-19 rule-breakers could be narcissists, experts say. Here’s how to approach them.. “This unwillingness to follow pandemic guidelines, despite the fact that health experts and scientific data support their efficacy, has become a widespread issue in the United States, and reflects its reputation as a society with higher levels of attitudes associated with narcissism, said Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at California State University at Los Angeles.”