Why Do People Mistake Narcissism for High Self-Esteem?

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Discussion posted by: itzfitzheretwo

The “charismatic air” of narcissists – from their flashy attire, to their self-assured behaviors, to their charming glances, to their witty humor – often makes a big first impression. At the same time, people seem to be really good at accurately perceiving narcissism in others based on minimal information (even just physical appearance is usually enough of a cue to accurately perceive narcissism). Which raises an interesting question: why are narcissists – which are characterized by extremely high levels of exhibitionism, arrogance, sense of superiority, vanity, entitlement, exploitativeness, and the incessant need for acclaim from others – so attractive?