Five Ways Narcissists Screw Up Everything

They’re stressed out.

Earlier this year, a study found that narcissistic men have a more active stress response, which could lead to heart problems over time. Study author Sara Konrath speculated, “Given societal definitions of masculinity that overlap with narcissism – for example, the belief that men should be arrogant and dominant – men who endorse stereotypically male sex roles and who are also high in narcissism may feel especially stressed.” Basically, being an asshole all the time really takes it out of you.

They hate women.

If they’re straight guys, that is. A 2010 study found that straight male narcissists reserve the worst of their dickishness for straight women, who are “gatekeepers in men’s quest for sexual pleasure, patriarchal power and status.” The study authors wrote, “although narcissists may want to maintain feelings of superiority and power over all people, narcissistic heterosexual men are particularly invested in subordinating heterosexual women.” Awesome.

They’re fine with cheating.

This one isn’t that surprising: narcissistic college students are more likelythan others to say cheating on tests is acceptable. Also, the most cheat-happy narcissists are the most exhibitionist — that is, the show-offs who want everyone to know how great they are. Says lead study author Amy Brunell, “Narcissists really want to be admired by others, and you look good in college if you’re getting good grades. They also tend to feel less guilt, so they don’t mind cheating their way to the top.”

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