All you narcissists out there can add another gold star to your list of admirable qualities—honesty.
Unfortunately, in this case it’s to a painful fault.
And all you non-narcissists out there can take comfort in the fact that that person you know who is really full of themselves, is fully aware of how annoying they are.
A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis wanted to determine to what extent the perceptions vain people varies based on how they view themselves, how they are seen by others, and how they believe others see them.
The findings were rather surprising. It turns out not only are the vain full of themselves, and borderline dilussional, they’re also perceptive.
They know that you want to smack them with a hand mirror (or what ever else is handy) when they won’t stop talking about themselves.
And they don’t care a wink.
According to research, they probably think others don’t see their brilliance because they’re jealous or not smart enough to recognize it.
Just remember that the next time you’re reaching for the hand mirror, they’re not abnoxious, you’re just jealous.
More on the Story: MSNBC
…just for fun:
We’ve been figured out…well, we’ve been postulated…that is, our annoyances have.
In their new book, Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, science journalists Flora Lichtman and Joe Palca (both of NPR), attempt to explain our annoyances, or at least why we have them.
Of course this is a topic after the Crusade’s own heart, but what we really want to know is how to deal with the annoyances.
Sure it’s awesome that the smell of a skunk and nails on a chalkboard ignite a primal instinct to cringe and flee.
Not surprisingly, cell phones also ranked high on the scale. Undoubtedly leaving hypocrisy at the bottom.
And it’s good to know that I am not alone in my disgust that people trim their nails in public places (ewwww).
So where do we go from there?
Probably not a good idea to follow the primal instinct track, although justice would be served, obliterating someone’s cell phone might have a few consequences.
There’s also the loquacious option of informing the offender of their offense, but that’s a bit wild-card for me.
I suppose at this point we’re left with only one (mature) option, shake our heads, and hold our tongues.
The Body Odd: “What Bugs You?”: MSNBC
…this has nothing to do with anything…you’ve been warned…