When people in society talk about narcissism, there is usually a definitive statement of, “Well it’s caused by childhood trauma…” with an undertone of…”So any aggressive behavior is justified.” However, according to research that’s not always or even usually the case – at least, not in the way people often definitively describe it. There has actually been mixed empirical “results” on the causes of narcissism from studies that have investigated it, although research has yielded surprising associations between parental overvaluation and the traits of narcissism, with less evidence for a direct effect of childhood maltreatment. It’s important to note that there is also no clinical verdict on the cause of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. So even if we learn more about the origins of the traits of narcissism, more research needs to be conducted on NPD as a full-fledged disorder too.
***Childhood trauma regardless of whether it is present or not is also not a justification for abuse. #originsofnarcissism #narcissisticabuse #emotionalabuse #mythsaboutnarcissism #shahidaarabi