Narcissist? Mindfulness might not improve your empathy after all
It’s recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety and stress.
The idea (among many) being that by focusing on the present moment, we see things more clearly for how they are.
So another popular belief is that it helps our ability to relate to others too; if we’re no longer caught up in our pasts, futures and general mess that is our lives, that leaves space to think of other people’s emotions, surely?
According to one study, this isn’t the case at all – for narcissists, anyway.
In fact, while practicing mindfulness can help non-narcissists foster empathy with others a little bit, if you’re a narcissist it’ll lessen that ability.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam took 161 adult volunteers and, after assessing their levels of narcissistic and autistic traits, divided them into three groups.