Every friend group has a token narcissist.
My overwhelming sense of anxiety and knack for being self-conscious takes me out of the running, naturally, but there are definitely people in my circle who are just so into themselves.
Their incessant need to insert themselves into conversations comes off as harsh and unnecessary, with everything reverting back to them at all times.
Bragging is typical, followed up by a forced reminder that they're better looking, more intelligent and generally just an all-around better person than others.
But not all narcissists are created equal. Some are more aggressive than others, and some are seriously low-key.
Sometimes you don't know how much someone is obsessed with themselves. But their social media profiles could be the biggest indicators...
Social media has really blurred the lines between self-love and narcissism. And now, science says if you spend a lot of time promoting your life online, you may be a narcissist. (Honestly, are we shocked?)
Not all narcissists are created equal.
A new scientific review, focused on 62 studies with over 13,000 subjects, has positively connected narcissistic behaviors with typical trends and behaviors on social media platforms.
"When you engage with social media, you will be engaging with more narcissism than might really exist in the world," says Keith Campbell, University of Georgia psychology professor and the study's senior author. "This might distort your view of the world as being more narcissistic than it is."
Two popular types of narcissism — grandiose and vulnerable — were prevalent in different ways when it comes to social media usage.
Research showed grandiose narcissism correlated much more with aggressive selfie taking, gaining more followers for popularity and all-around time spent using apps and other platforms.
Vulnerable narcissism, a form common in those more shy or timid, had much less of a connection when it came to promoting yourself via social media.
Now, no one wants to be told they're a narcissist, but it's in confronting your bad habits that you can hopefully shift into a better person.
If none of your friends will be brutally honest with you about your potentially narcissist social media habits, I'm here to be the honest voice you need.
I've created a quiz, influenced by this study, that will pinpoint your social media habits and hopefully determine whether or not you're a narcissist.
Best of luck. (We won't judge you if you shamelessly promote your results.)