Why Do People Mistake Narcissism for High Self-Esteem?
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Narcissists Will Catch Our Eye
In spite of the exhibitionism, arrogance, vanity and a massive superiority complex, narcissists seem attractive, and alluring to a large section of people.
This surprising outcome may be due to people confusing narcissism with positive self-worth and high self-esteem.
The First Impression
While people perceive narcissism to be an undesirable quality in others, the first impression that gets created in seeing a narcissist is a positive one.
It may be due to the narcissists strategically presenting themselves in ways in which they are perceived having high levels of self-esteem.
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Self-Esteem in Dating and Politics
Dating profiles report more attraction towards the flashy narcissists who show off their 'sex-appeal' upfront. Even in politics, people tend to gravitate towards candidates who show positive self-esteem or narcissism.
A flashy attire, or showing off while dating is a trait of narcissists, not of those with healthy self-esteem, who have a stable sense of worth.
It is crucial that we accurately distinguish between narcissism and healthy self-esteem, both as a perceiver and as a person addicted to esteem.
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