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Narcissists don’t learn from their mistakes because they don’t think they make any, study shows

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  • Four different tests, utilizing varying methods, find that narcissists don’t engage in counterfactual thinking, leading to over-inflated confidence.
  • Counterfactual thinking is when we consider what happened, and what we could’ve done differently in a given situation.
  • The study found that narcissists have a hard time considering that they could be wrong, and don’t learn from their mistakes.
  • However, narcissists often advance quickly in hierarchical organizations thanks to their confidence, and ability to take credit for success and blame failure on others.
  • The main conclusion is that organizations should keep narcissists in check, because allowing them to make decisions can be damaging to the organization over time.

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