The Five Industries That Attract The Most Narcissists

Narcissists Tend To Thrive In These Industries

3 min readNov 20, 2022


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According to a research study by Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, narcissists mostly prefer the hierarchical type of corporate structure as they desire to succeed and exert control over others. Moreover, the study further highlighted that narcissists often exaggerate their level of competence and their skills in their organizations.

So, what type of industries are narcissists attracted to?

There are five main industries in which narcissists tend to thrive in. For instance,

i) Academia

In general, the professor and research-based positions enable its holders to gain academic recognition and success. Also, other people always tell them they are intellectual, and because of the structured nature of the academia, they gain influence over the students and others who are interested in their research study. This is why academia is the perfect environment for a narcissist to thrive in.

ii) Corporate leadership and management

It is believed that narcissists are highly driven and competent in moving up the corporate ladder. Some narcissists are so good at this, that they, later on, motivate and guide other people to do the same. As corporate leadership roles come with a certain level of status and power, thus, this sector entices narcissistic people.

iii) Entertainment

There is no doubt that the entertainment industry is the narcissists’ ultimate playground. The glamorous and envious lifestyle, massive influence over the public and everything else about this industry are highly desired by narcissists. So, any narcissist, who desperately desires fame, status and money finds this industry an ideal place to strive in.

iv) Politics

Similar to celebrities, politicians also wield enormous power over society and how it functions. This is why many narcissistic people are captivated by political positions and enjoy the game of power.

v) Sports




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