Scientists claim elderly people are more likely to be hypersensitive than young adults

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This revelation comes from the longest-ever study on narcissism to date, which looked at how narcissistic behavior differs in accordance with age. In spite of the common stereotype that people are getting more and more narcissistic, the research shows that baby boomers treat their own personality with much more sensitivity. The research, published in the journal Psychology and Ageing, studied the behavior of nearly 750 people between the ages of 13 and 77 and found that older generations are more sensitive overall. Some of the qualities associated with narcissism – being full of yourself, sensitive to criticism and imposing your opinion on others – decline over time as we age, the findings show, while others like having high aspirations for yourself only grow as a person gets older. Of course, the narcissistic hypersensitivity is motivated not by the age but by the life circumstances the person has gone through, so the statistics is not saying that, for example, all elderly people are in love with themselves and it never happens to young generations. But counting overall, this behavior is still more common among the boomers.

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