A Narcissism Test??

Have you ever watched how contagious a yawn is? If one person in a group yawns, the entire group joins in. This can be explained by empathy. Lack of empathy is the key characteristic that distinguishes a true, pathological, dangerous narcissist, from someone that is just really, really, arrogant.

The same area of the brain is activated in yawn contagion as is activated by empathy. Autistic children, for instance, do not show yawn contagion.  Is it possible, that narcissists do not shown yawn contagion either?

I need your help with this. This is what I would like you to do.

1. In a group of average people, friends, co-workers or in line at the store, fake a deep long yawn and then pay attention to how many people yawn as well. This is the control, the first step. It is important to know that your fake yawn works with normal people.

2. If the step above does not result in other people yawning, work on your yawn until it is contagious reliably.

3. Yawn, in a way that you know elicits others to yawn with someone that you know is a narcissist. Observe their response.

4. Report back here, yes or no, whether or not known narcissists have yawn contagion.

One final appeal. This would be an incredibly useful and handy tool if it is accurate. What we don’t know right now is if it is accurate, so I would like you to try it. I know that many of you know narcissists! Please try this. If we had a simple, socially acceptable tool for pre-screening people for narcissism, think of how much simpler our lives would be.

Happy Yawning…

Does Lack of Yawn Contagion Predict Narcissism?

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13 thoughts on “A Narcissism Test??

  1. Reading that made me yawn… But it’s almost midnight…

    Btw, don’t try it while someone, aka narc suspect #1… You will be punished Teehee! It does work anywhere tho, try on the bus or at the stop… I think it was on one of those kids versions of myth busters…


  2. That was supposed to say….

    Btw, don’t try it while someone, aka narc suspect #1… IS TALKING…. You will be punished Teehee!

    I’m not going to, yawning in public is rude. But I already know he catches them.


  3. Well, I have an Autistic son, non-verbal, 28 yr old. He does not imitate but I know him to have deep feelings. My husband of 35 years is NPD. Feeling is the ‘F’ word. He is without empathy. Interesting concept to try first out in public…..I will let you know if I can find this post again


  4. Well now ….. I tried several times while sitting at the table with the sun shinning in to yawn to illicit a response from my favorite NP. No response. I tried talking about it to make sure I had his attention…still nothing. Later he asked why people yawn while making a fake one as if the whole experience was foreign to him. Come to think of it I am not sure I have ever seen him yawn. He failed the test.

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  5. I’m no longer with my narc, but I remember reading about yawning as a sign of empathy a couple of years ago and tested it on him now and again over the years. He failed. Once in a blue moon he’d pass, but it was only because he was actually tired at the time.
    I also did lots of controls – watched if my friends and son yawned when I did, and they did.
    I’m not sure that testing on strangers is an accurate control, though, since we know narcs are all around us. 🙂


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