Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Is Narcissism Good for Poetry?

Narcissists, new experiments show, are great at convincing others that their ideas are creative even though they're just average. Still, groups with a handful of narcissists come up with better ideas than those with none, suggesting that self-love contributes to real-world success.

Narcissism and creativity seem to go hand in hand. Creative people often appear self-important, hungry for attention, and unconcerned with others' ideas and opinions— all traits narcissists share. Think of Pablo Picasso, famous for his iconoclastic paintings but infamous for declaring, "I am God." Like Picasso, narcissists often rise to positions of importance in art, business, and other endeavors, suggesting that they have ability and ideas that others do not.

But do they really?

Click here for the full article, properly titled "Is Narcissism Good for Business," in Science

Pictured: What's-his-name, painted by Caravaggio - a modest fellow himself


Henry Gould said...

For those of you required to wear the scarlet "N", there will be a branding ceremony at the Bio-Med Bldg in one hour. Attendance required. Have your braincell samples & activity logs in order.

Martin Redford said...

Narcissism means the excessive admiration of oneself; in that case it would mean someone is overly confident about their ideas without any actual reason for such confidence. Just like many other aspects in life the best way to address things is with a balance. Here we can see that the best group is that which has 2 of each personality types. I would say then, that in a pers Visit my Blog! The Perfect Male Blog