Harvard Kennedy School: Who knowingly shares false political information online?. “Some people share misinformation accidentally, but others do so knowingly. To fully understand the spread of misinformation online, it is important to analyze those who purposely share it. Using a 2022 U.S. survey, we found that 14 percent of respondents reported knowingly sharing misinformation, and that these respondents were more likely to also report support for political violence, a desire to run for office, and warm feelings toward extremists. These respondents were also more likely to have elevated levels of a psychological need for chaos, dark tetrad traits, and paranoia. Our findings illuminate one vector through which misinformation is spread.”
New York Times: The End of Faking It in Silicon Valley. “When start-up valuations were soaring, they were seen as visionary kingmakers. It was easy enough to convince the world, and the investors in their funds — pension funds, college endowments and wealthy individuals — that they were responsible stewards of capital with the unique skills required to predict the future and find the next Steve Jobs to build it. But as more start-up frauds are revealed, these titans of industry are playing a different role in lawsuits, bankruptcy filings and court testimonies: the victim that got duped.”
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.”
PsyPost: CEO narcissism linked to heightened workplace uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “New research provides evidence that narcissistic business leaders can have a detrimental impact on the workplace by triggering a sense of uncertainty among middle management. The findings have been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.”
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. “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. “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.. “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.”