Michiel van Elk
Principle Investigator / Associate Professor
New research suggests that feelings of awe from psychedelic drugs can positively affect narcissistic personality traits. The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that psychedelic-occasioned experiences of awe are linked to increased feelings of connectedness and empathy, which in turn is related to decreased levels of exploitative-entitled narcissism.
Previous research has indicated that psychedelic substances can enhance feelings of social connectedness and improve mental well-being. The authors of the new study were interested in whether these effects could have an impact on narcissism.