Mental Attitude: Are Parents to Blame for Narcissistic Kids?
If you want to avoid raising a narcissistic child, then the authors of a new study recommend not overvaluing your son or daughter. The researchers found the children whose parents described them as “more special than other children” and who “deserve something extra in life” scored higher on tests of narcissism. Study co-author Dr. Brad Bushman adds, “Children believe it when their parents tell them that they are more special than others. That may not be good for them or for society.” Dr. Bushman and his colleagues recommend that parent training interventions could teach parents to express affection toward their children without telling them that they are better than others. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2015