Former South African President Jacob Zuma at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.
Trump and Zuma seek to sell explanations of their misfortunes to the socially insecure and economically vulnerable. To an alarming extent they succeed.
A more egalitarian power structure is possible.
Echo and Narcissus, Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée
Clingy behaviour can be narcissistic, too.
Was Kyrie Irving’s leadership style a factor in the Boston Celtics’ struggles this season?
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A group of researchers figured out which NBA teams featured the most egotistical players, and then tracked their performances over the course of a season.
If you make it to the interview stage but don't get a job offer, chances are you made one of four common errors.
Nhlanhla Nene’s departure means that South Africa has had six finance ministers in four years.
Nhlanhla Nene was highly regarded for refusing to fund former President Zuma's ludicrous rent-seeking projects.
Narcissism: it’s more common than you might think.
A recent study found that highly narcissistic people have thicker, denser eyebrows.
Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism, the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies that followed?
People have diagnosed Donald Trump with all sorts of disorders — but is this ethical?
There's a fierce debate about whether it's ethical for mental health professionals to diagnose politicians they haven't personally examined.
The body language of pride.
Whether pride is good for you may depend on your personality.
The combination of a narcissist’s high but easily undermined self-worth might seem paradoxical.
Like a grotesque mask reflected in a pool, narcissism has two faces, neither of them attractive. Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-worth, seeing themselves as superior beings who are entitled…
Are we really filtering out our ability to cope with our own imperfections?
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Donald Trump embodies the corrosive culture of narcissism at its worst. It's a trap.
Can you put a better filter on it?
A certain mentality has been on display in Western democracies of late – and we don't really understand it.
Researchers have examined whether it is possible to increase empathy through formal training.
Some people are good at understanding the emotions of others but not at feeling them or commenting on them. So can we teach people the parts they lack?
Selfies are blamed for encouraging everything from risky behaviour to rampant narcissism. But selfies can be potent acts of self-communication – and anyway, is self-regard a bad thing?
Our relationships, desires, anxieties are reflected in the way we communicate.
A "passion" was once thought of as a love or desire so irresistible as to take one to the threshold of death. What are we to make, then, of a passion for innovation or management consulting? What's happening to our words?
Donald Trump in the boardroom during an episode of ‘The Apprentice.’
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Studies have shown that since the 1970s, people's scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory are rising. Could there be a connection to television consumption?
Danger lurks when customers are the be all and end all.
Putting the purchasing public at the heart of your business is getting harder and harder as technology drives ever more interaction.
Gosh, I’m handsome!
It is a 'modern epidemic' – but when does healthy self-confidence become a dangerous case of me, me, me?