Are you raising a narcissist? New study says wrong kind of praise could lead to over-inflated ego
A new study says children who receive the wrong kind of praise could grow up to become more self-centered.
Researchers at Ohio State University found that children, who were described by their parents as more special than others, were more likely to show signs of narcissism later on.
Scientists say children who are told they are special, begin to believe they deserve more than other kids.
Some use the term “overvaluing” to describe the behavior of praising children’s smallest accomplishments, or non-accomplishments, Forbes reports. And this can lead to an over-inflated ego.
“Which kids were more likely to be narcissistic as time went by? Parental overvaluation was the largest predictor of a child’s narcissism over time, but interestingly, it did not predict self-esteem. In other words, telling kids how exceptional they are doesn’t produce kids with good healthy self-esteem – it just makes them more narcissistic,” Forbes says of the study.