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A sociology experiment in the making.
The theory is that people with an unhealthy obsession with their own thoughts have less empathy for other people and feel less connected to others, and this makes them more prone to aggression.
This can have harmful consequences, particularly when a person is high in narcissistic personality disorder.
The study, led by Professor David Goodacre of the University of Western Australia, found that people who have an unhealthy fixation on their thoughts were less likely to have empathy and less likely than those who had an unhealthy focus to have an altruistic and caring personality.
So how can we explain this?
Goodacre’s study looked at a group of 22 people who reported high levels of narcissism, narcissistic personality and a low level of altruism.
In addition, they were asked to rate their empathy, compassion and empathy for others on a scale of 0 to 10.
When the researchers looked at how well the participants were able to cope with the negative emotions, they found that those who showed the highest levels of narcissistic personality were most likely to exhibit an increased degree of aggression.
Professor Goodacre told The Conversation: “We know that when we look at a psychopath, we are always looking at their core personality, not their actions.”
The study found that when the researchers asked participants to rate the extent to which they thought their thoughts could be affected by the negative emotion, those who were more narcissistic were more likely to show an increased propensity to engage in aggressive behaviour.
While there were a number of reasons for this, Goodacre believes it is the result of an unhealthy need to be the center of attention, which leads people to act out in an attempt to control others.
“When we’re in a situation where someone is trying to control us, it’s a much more effective way of controlling them than if we’re trying to do something to help,” he said.
“If we can control the negative aspects of our thoughts, we’re less likely for that person to become aggressive.”
In the experiment, the researchers were also looking at whether or not the narcissist had a personality disorder, which they believe is caused by an unhealthy lack of empathy and a high level of narcissistic narcissism.
They found that while narcissists who were narcissistic had a higher rate of aggression than those with a less narcissistic personality, they did not show a higher degree of altruistic, compassionate or empathy for their fellow humans.
“We’re trying our best to understand why these types of people become aggressive and aggressive people,” Goodacre said.
“They are very narcissistic, but they also have very high levels in neuroticism and a lack of emotional intelligence.”
According to Goodacre, this can lead to a range of issues, including an inability to cope, which can lead people to feel angry, even when they have the opportunity to calm down.
If you or someone you know is in any way affected by narcissism or is experiencing issues, contact the Mental Health Support Line on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back on 1800 551 450.