Narcissistic traits change throughout a lifetime

Research shows that characteristics of narcissism such as feeling self-important, being sensitive to criticism, and imposing your views decrease with age and time.

Narcissistic traits change throughout a lifetime
Narcissistic traits change throughout a lifetime


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“There are things that happen in life that can shake people a little bit and force them to adapt their narcissistic qualities. As you age, you form new relationships, have new experiences, start a family and so on. All of these factors make someone realize that it’s not ‘all about them.’ " - William Chopik.

  • Job hunting for a first career is where narcissism is most likely to be kept in check.

“One thing about narcissists is that they’re not open to criticism. When life happens and you’re forced to accept feedback, break up with someone or have tragedy strike, you might need to adjust to understanding that you’re not as awesome as you once thought. There’s a sense in which narcissists start to realize that being the way they are isn’t smart if they want to have friends or meaningful relationships.” - William Chopik.