The findings from the Study titled “Narcissists of a Feather Flock Together. Narcissism and the Similarity of Friends” were published in the March 2016 issue of the peer reviewed journal “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin“.
The authors of the study were:
- Ulrike Maaß of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
- Lena Lämmle of Medical School Hamburg, Germany
- Doreen Bensch of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
- Matthias Ziegler of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
The published study starts with the following interesting question :
“Who is willing to expose himself or herself to narcissists on a long-term basis?“.
That was a good question. If you have ever crossed paths with a narcissist or had become ensnared in a relationship with one, you know the reality of being around a narcissist.
The following are some key points from the study:
“Narcissists like what they have. It is reasonable to assume that people with similar Narcissism profiles are most likely to establish long-term relationships. There is evidence that Narcissists (vs. non-Narcissists) are even more tolerant of others Narcissistic traits (e.g.. bossy, aggressive, arrogant, selfish) when they possess these characteristics themselves (Hart & Adams, 2014).”
“Narcissistic friendships function because they build one unit (in-group) in which their socially disapproved sides are directed against the outside (out-group) and not each other. As long as the pattern is assured, the friendship is maintained.”
“Sharing the same deviations from the agreeable norm, for example, might reduce interactional problems related to Narcissism, as both friends would tend to accept a selfish life strategy and would rather focus on benefits that on loses within their relationship.
Futhermore, extraversion might be a clear hint that a person is suitable to be a “Wingman” or “Wingwoman”.
“The effect of high similarity in Narcissism might be stronger for men. because of a different socialization of men and women. Men are allowed to express more stereotypical Narcissistic behavior than women. Self-centeredness, self-enhancement, less empathy, and preference for interpersonal competition are examples of such stereotypical behaviors”
The study concludes with:
“Although the results indicate that the effect of Narcissism similarity was stronger for male friends, there is conclusive evidence showing that all Narcissists of a feather flock together“
Narcissists of Feather Flock Together..Oh, Yes they do!!!