Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Blacks are more narcissistic

In a new study in the Journal of Research in Personality, it was found that, compared to whites, blacks have a higher average score on several measures of narcissism. Going from large differences to small ones, blacks are much more self-absorbed (d = .83); entitled (d = .61); they are more likely to be grandiose exhibitionists (d = .57); to see themselves as good leaders (d = .45); to feel superior (d = .37); to think they can fool most people (d = .29); and to try to avoid rejection at all costs (d = .24).

Having been given the title of Archetypical Victim, blacks are very prone to thinking of themselves as special. But with a high heritability of .64, narcissism might be a racial trait.


gordon-bennett said...

My theory:

Blacks don't know much. Therefore they are unaware of how much they don't know and are under the impression that they know nearly everything there is to know.

If you have never even heard of nuclear physics, organic chemistry or anatomy, etc., (never mind understanding anything about them) then you cannot be humbled by your lack of that knowledge.

Consequently, ignorant people are cocksure.

Anonymous said...

I'd be interested in seeing similar data for other groups for comparison. Hispanics and Jews, for instance.

If blacks are above average in narcissism, somebody else must be below average. Who is that somebody?

Olave d'Estienne said...

In answer to Anon's question, I suspect this tracks with self-esteem.

Twenge & Crocker (2002) reveal that blacks have higher self-esteem than anybody, and that whites are in the middle. Hispanics are a little below average, Asians and Amerindians quite a bit below average.

If you don't include Hispanics and Amerindians, it looks like self-esteem and IQ exhibit a W.B. Yeats correlation. Including the latter two, it just seems more like members of the Greater Asian race have oddly low self-esteem regardless of whether they are smart & successful (like Asians) or not. I have no idea why this would be.

So I'd wager that Asians are the least narcissistic. I have no data on Jews.

(In doing a Google search to find the above, I discovered a worthless article at "Something Fishy" which states:
In addition, Black, Asian, Hispanic and Native American women also face issues of discrimination that may contribute to their low self-worth and desire to be loved and accepted.
Trouble is, blacks have higher self-esteem than average, and minority women have higher self-esteem than minority men. There is also the small problem of discrimination being anti-white and anti-male rather than the reverse.)

Olave d'Estienne said...

There's also a post on this on this very blog!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Olave!

Jokah Macpherson said...

It was funny to see Arthur Laffer asserting in the Wall Street Journal today that blacks have lost their self-esteem and pride when blogs like this have consistently shown that just the opposite is the case.

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Anonymous said...

Asians are obviously the most humble race overall.

Anonymous said...

you are not including the correlation between narcissism and false self esteem.if blacks have the highest rate of self esteem and are most narcissistic, would'nt you come to the conclusion that their self esteem is false.

Unknown said...

Racist all of you. You brought Africans to another land because you didn't want to work!

Truth said...

I guess you should do a study on the laziest race. Caucasians allow hispanics into the country because they will take the laborious jobs you don't want. Why you ask? Laziness! There. Another study accomplished!