Narcissists can be very charismatic and are adept at playing office politics, says psychotherapist Amy Morin (author not pictured).

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, author, and the host of “The Verywell Mind Podcast.”

She says despite their negative traits, narcissists can often be very successful in the workplace.
This is due to their charisma, extreme self-confidence, and willingness to take big risks.

It’s tough to work with a narcissist, but it can be even tougher watching them get ahead at work as a result of their narcissistic behavior. 

Author Amy Morin.

However, it’s common for narcissists to succeed in the workplace. Research shows narcissists tend to get paid more and may be more likely to get promoted to leadership positions.

Here’s how narcissists manage to get ahead at work.

1. They embellish their accomplishments

You’ll never catch a narcissist downplaying their success. Instead, they’ll typically overstate their achievements and exaggerate the role they play in the company’s overall success.

While you might see right through their boastful comments, not everyone will recognize their gloating. Narcissists are charismatic and can charm many people into believing them, so some people will be impressed by a narcissist’s grandstanding.

2. They take big risks

Whether they’re going after the biggest deal in company history or employing a strategy that’s never worked in the past, narcissists take huge risks. And of course, some of those risks will pay off.

Even when others warn them that their tactics aren’t likely to work out, they remain steadfast in their position. They’re so intent on gaining attention for their good work they’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.

3. They’re good political actors

A narcissist won’t waste their time mentoring a junior-level employee or talking to colleagues unless it’s going to somehow advance their own career. At work, narcissists know who to take advantage of and who to flatter.

A 2018 study published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal found that individuals with ‘dark personality’ — a.k.a., socially aversive traits like narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism — know how to play the political game. 

Researchers found that these individuals consider themselves superior and feel entitled to certain privileges. The study also found that these people “seek to obtain favors by flattering others and pretending to like them” and have a ready “willingness to exploit others.”

By nature, narcissists lack empathy, so they’re not invested in supporting others or caring how other people feel. Consequently, they’re more likely to …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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