Individuals with narcissistic tendencies are more likely to hold people-centric populist attitudes

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According to a study published in the journal Electoral Studies, citizens with higher trait narcissism are more likely to support people-centrism, a dimension of populism. However, people who score higher on Machiavellianism and psychopathy are less likely to support populist attitudes. Populism has been widely conceptualized as a dangerous ideology that threatens democracy. Some studies have suggested that populist leaders have “darker” personalities, scoring higher on the Dark Triad traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and subclinical psychopathy. A new study led by Carol Galais and Guill…

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