‘MTSU On the Record’ finds no ‘I’ in ‘team’ throug...

‘MTSU On the Record’ finds no ‘I’ in ‘team’ through narcissism study

A recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program examined reasons that narcissists fail to learn from their mistakes.

Dr. Alexander Jackson, psychology professor

Dr. Alexander Jackson

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Alexander Jackson, an assistant professor of psychology, first aired Nov. 24 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

You can listen to their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.

Jackson and three researchers from other universities conducted four studies on the topic in the context of hiring decisions and predictions of future job performance.

One difficulty in employers’ ability to weed out narcissists from among job applicants, Jackson said, is the very nature of the job interview.

“We want somebody who is confident,” Jackson said.

“We want somebody who can talk about their experience, who can talk about their skills, who will really play up who they are to make themselves stand out a little bit above everybody else. Those are the things that we look for, and those are the things that narcissists excel at.”WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM logo

The study was published earlier this year in the academic publication “Journal of Management.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.