Narcissists less likely to support democracy, study suggests

Narcissists less likely to support democracy, study suggests

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec 6 (ANI): People with a narcissistic self-view are less likely to support the idea of democracy, a recent study suggested.

According to the research, such people are also more likely to feel that democracies are not good in maintaining order, or that it would be better if countries were run by strong leaders or the military.

The researchers suggests that this is probably because narcissists tend to feel entitled and superior to others, which results in lower tolerance of diverse political opinions.

In contrast, people who take a positive, non-defensive self-view and trust others are more likely to show support for democracy, the research found.

The team, led by Dr Aleksandra Cichocka, of Kent’s School of Psychology, and Dr Marta Marchlewska, of the Polish Academy of Sciences, set out to understand the psychological mechanisms driving support for democracy.

They built on previous research which demonstrated that basic personality traits can predict broader opinions about the organisation of the social world.