David Reinhard: Why men are more narcissistic stress?
David Reinhard: Why men are more narcissistic stress? - A man who is too self-love or known by the term narcissist can also endanger your health. The new study found that narcissism, especially in men associated with unhealthy stress on the body.
Narcissism is characterized by feelings of increased self-esteem, lack of empathy, and always attempted to put forward his or her rights.
Research on this subject was published on January 23, 2012 in the journal PLoS ONE, based on an analysis of 106 college students in America. The volunteers consisted of 79 women and 27 men with an average age of 20 years.
Volunteers were given a questionnaire called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, which assesses five different components of narcissism. Narcissism is divided into 2 unhealthy narcissism (exploitation rights) and the healthy narcissism (leadership / authority, superiority / arrogance, and self admiration).
The researchers also measured the cortisol levels of participants, the hormone in the body that is responsible for responding to stress. High cortisol levels are generally correlated with high psychological stress.
Based on these data, the researchers found that men who have two components that are not healthy narcissism tend to have high cortisol levels. Component of unhealthy narcissism in men were twice as likely to predict higher cortisol than in women. Of the study also note that there is no relationship between the three components of a healthy narcissism with cortisol levels in both men and women.
Why men are more narcissistic stress?
"Although narcissism has more self-perception, narcissistic people who also have a fragile self, and feel the need to act defensively if superiority is threatened," said study author David Reinhard, a graduate student in the department of psychology University of Virginia in Charlottesville as quoted Wednesday (04/04/2012).
"People with narcissism would be more perfectionist with high stress levels and can be determined by measuring levels of cortisol," says Dr. Mark Russ, director of psychiatric services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York who was not involved in the study.
Why narcissism affects men and not women? Researchers speculate that the social definition of masculinity (with traits such as arrogance or domination) may play a role. Despite having a different stress levels, but based on studies of both men and women are equally narcissistic.