When we hear of narcissists, we often envision anyone but ourselves. However, every one of us harbors narcissistic tendencies, whether we want to accept that or not.
Each of us has the capability of being selfish, or even perhaps a bit manipulative at times. And while we may harbor these traits that doesn’t mean we are a narcissist. A narcissist, on the other hand, is someone who has many of these traits to an extreme extent. And only around 3% of the population fits the criteria, so just because you have some tendencies of a narcissist, doesn’t make you one.
With that in mind, look at the image below. What do you see first?
If you saw a woman,
Your narcissistic trait is an obsession with your image. While you may not be entirely vain, you can sometimes get wrapped up in what you look like. When you don’t look exactly as you wish to look, it can begin to bother you, and you have to pull yourself down from the ledge.
If you saw the river,
You are someone who values status. You have a hard time feeling like you are at the bottom of the totem pole and find yourself trying to climb the social ladder. You prefer to be thought highly of, rather than looked down upon, and it’s something you often struggle with.
If you saw the bridge,
You sometimes find it difficult to empathize with others. It’s not that you entirely lack empathy, but sometimes, you struggle with it. With that being said, you are not devoid of emotion, or anything like that. You simply have to remember or think of how others may feel because it isn’t always obvious to you.
If you saw the boat,
You struggle with your sense of self-importance. You find yourself at odds with your ego, which can make you extremely stubborn at times. And while you aren’t a monster, this sense of ego oftentimes stands in your way, which is counterproductive. During times like those, it’s best to lean on your self-awareness and check yourself.