Romantic relationships, work, and parenting are all experiences that can make a person less narcissistic, Chopik said.
Generally speaking, as individuals in the study got older, they became less sensitive and the researchers found hypersensitivity sharply declined after a person turned 40.
But when the researchers looked at generation-specific trends, they noticed that overall, older generations were more sensitive than younger generations.
According to Chopik, this could be due to generation-specific events that shaped study participants’ outlooks on life.
Chopik also noted that narcissism can be measured various ways and they only used one of those methods, which could have skewed the results.
The study still offers insight into an age-old trope that suggests younger generations are inherently more self-centered than older ones.
People will live their own lives and have experiences to lower that narcissism and mature,” Chopik said. »