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The Narcissist Trap

How good are you at reflective thinking? If you’re a narcissist, your answer is probably something on the order of “stupendous, just astounding.” However, statistically speaking, if you are a narcissist, the truth is very different. Such are the results of a new study helmed by Shane Littrell, a cognitive psychology PhD student at the University of Waterloo, and co-authored by professors Jonathan Fuselsang and Evan Risko. The research is part of a series of studies looking at the relationship between impulsiveness, narcissism, and cognitive reflection. It’s some of the first scholarship to examine the ways that personality affects one’s ability to self-reflect. Littrell distinguishes between