Narcissists are defined by holding superior views of themselves, showing little empathy, and taking part in more risky behaviors without shame or guilt. Researchers at Queen’s University are trying to understand why narcissism is on the rise even though it is seen as “socially toxic,” and the answer may be that individuals who are narcissistic tend to be more successful. Self-promotion and a preoccupation with power allow them to get ahead in life while fending off negative mental barriers. As frustrating as it is to know a narcissist, it may be even more frustrating to know that these people do better in life in many ways. However, the findings may prove important for promoting traits that breed healthy success.