Narcissistic fragility: rethinking its links to explicit and implicit self-esteem

Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (2010) Narcissistic fragility: rethinking its links to explicit and implicit self-esteem. Self and Identity, 9, (2), 142-161. (doi:10.1080/15298860902815451).


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Several studies have tested whether narcissism is a compensatory reaction to underlying ego fragility by examining narcissism's empirical links to both explicit self-esteem (ESE) and implicit self-esteem (ISE), under the general expectation that narcissists should exhibit an abundance of ESE but a dearth of ISE. However, not only have these studies yielded conflicting findings, they have also proceeded from divergent theoretical assumptions that shape the interpretation of their findings. Here, we draw out the implications of three prominent models of the interrelationships between narcissism, ESE, and ISE, before reassessing those interrelationships in a large multi-session study. Two (out of three) indices of ISE covaried negatively with narcissism, consistent with the view that ISE is a global marker for ego fragility. We contextualize our findings in terms of recent research and propose a new mechanism linking ISE to ego fragility.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/15298860902815451
ISSNs: 1529-8868 (print)
1529-8876 (electronic)
Keywords: implicit measures, implicit self-esteem, indirect measures, narcissism, self-esteem
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 145687
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2010Published
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2010 13:17
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:20

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