Photo by Ron Jeffreys

Photo by Ron Jeffreys

If you’ve read about the recent study on overconfidence (we wrote about it) you may have noticed that some of the traits of over-confident people seem to be a bit (or more than a bit), narcissistic.

This Sciencedaily article about the study states that:

Overprecision — excessive confidence in the accuracy of our beliefs — can have profound consequences, inflating investors’ valuation of their investments, leading physicians to gravitate too quickly to a diagnosis, even making people intolerant of dissenting views.

Is overconfidence, the kind that causes real problems in a person’s life like the too-quick diagnoses above,  all that different from at least some attributes of narcissistic personality disorder?

Is overconfidence the non-pathological variant of npd?

Are we breeding a nation (here in the U.S. and in some other countries, too) of overly-confident, arrogant, entitled pseudo-achievers?

Is overconfidence a first step on the spectrum towards narcissistic personality disorder? (There may be no relationship at all, but common sense says otherwise, at least in some cases).

Is narcissistic personality disorder not merely personally psychological in formation but also cultural?

If any or all of the above is true, how do we balance our deeply human need for self-affirmation, belief in self, and self-esteem with the need to appreciate others, too?

We’re having the conversation now, and hope you’ll join us. Comments, welcome.

Richard and C.R.