A new study on the origins of narcissism in children conducted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that children whose parents tell them they are special are more likely to become narcissists.
Parents who praise their children too much may be trying to foster high self-esteem, but the study showed that loving and emotionally warm parents are more likely to have confident kids. On the other hand, too much special treatment can also lead to narcissistic behavior.
The connection between parental overvaluation and narcissism was still present even when the taking the narcissism levels of the parents into account, meaning that the trait is more than just genetic, it is environmental as well. READ MORE.