Episode 110: Narcissism Among Celebrities, on Facebook and in Shakespeare

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Are celebrities really more narcissistic than you are? Is your Facebook page telling the world that you are a narcissist? And finally: who is Shakespeare‘s most narcissistic character? I’ll give you a hint: the character can be found in Twelfth Night. So if you’re looking for more information about the Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or just everyday narcissism, as well as examples of famous narcissists, you’ll find it in this in this episode of The Psych Files.


Resources on Narcissism

    • Buffardi, L. E. & Campbell, W. K. (2008). Narcissism and Social Networking Web Sites. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1303-1314.

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5 Comments on “Episode 110: Narcissism Among Celebrities, on Facebook and in Shakespeare”

  1. Nice episode, Michael, thought it was quite interesting, so I was left with a couple of questions.

    1. If celebrities had a narcissism score of around 18/19 and normal people have around 15, what does the DSM say is a score that requires therapy of some sort? 20? 25?
    2. What would such therapy involve? Counselling on considering the needs of others?
    3. Does that arrogance and lack of consideration for others imply a lack of maturity or development of a theory of mind? Is it linked with sociopathy? I guess so, with the reference to manipulation.

    Thanks very much and keep up the great work!

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  4. I’m so grateful for this episode. The NPI is exactly the sort of assessment I had been looking for. I didn’t know it existed until I listened to your podcast.

    You are so right that people, esp. a layman like myself, will label themselves (or misdiagnose themselves) as something or the other. I seriously suspected myself of being a narcissist, but I ended up scoring a measly 12 on the NPI. A twelve!

  5. NYer: thanks so much for your comment! Made my day. Sorry (or happy) about your ‘measly 12 on the NPI. 🙂

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