6 Ways Narcissism Can Be Disguised as Altruism

The single by Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”, has a line that really inspired us. In the song, Taylor sings “Did you hear my covert narcissism / I disguise as altruism / Like some kind of congressman / Tale as old as time.”Her lyrics got us thinking. Do narcissists disguise their narcissism as kindness? How do they do this, and what can we look out for? Find out more in this video.

We also made a video on the things narcissists would say: https://youtu.be/0YZ0A1VzLjs

Researcher/Writer: Brie Villanueva
Editor: Caitlin McColl
Script Manager: Kelly Soong
Voice Over: Amanda Silvera http://www.youtube.com/amandasilvera
Animator: Zuzia
Project Manager: Cindy Cheong

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