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Looking again, and harder, for a link between low self-esteem and aggression

Looking again, and harder, for a link between low self-esteem and aggression
Looking again, and harder, for a link between low self-esteem and aggression
Recent field studies have revived the hypothesis that low self-esteem causes aggression. Accordingly, we reanalyzed the data from a previous experiment and conducted a new experiment to study direct physical aggression in the form of blasting a fellow participant with aversive noise. We also conducted a field study using a measure of indirect aggression in the form of a consequential negative evaluation. High narcissists were more aggressive than others but only when provoked by insult or humiliation and only toward the source of criticism. The combination of high self-esteem and high narcissism produced the highest levels of aggression. These results support the view of aggression as stemming from threatened egotism and are inconsistent with the hypothesis that low self-esteem causes either direct or indirect aggression.
0022-3506
427-446
Bushman, Brad J.
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Baumeister, Roy F.
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Thomaes, Sander
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Ryu, Ehri
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West, Stephen G.
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Ryu, Ehri
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Bushman, Brad J., Baumeister, Roy F., Thomaes, Sander, Ryu, Ehri, Begeer, Sander and West, Stephen G. (2009) Looking again, and harder, for a link between low self-esteem and aggression. Journal of Personality, 77 (2), 427-446. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2008.00553.x).

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Recent field studies have revived the hypothesis that low self-esteem causes aggression. Accordingly, we reanalyzed the data from a previous experiment and conducted a new experiment to study direct physical aggression in the form of blasting a fellow participant with aversive noise. We also conducted a field study using a measure of indirect aggression in the form of a consequential negative evaluation. High narcissists were more aggressive than others but only when provoked by insult or humiliation and only toward the source of criticism. The combination of high self-esteem and high narcissism produced the highest levels of aggression. These results support the view of aggression as stemming from threatened egotism and are inconsistent with the hypothesis that low self-esteem causes either direct or indirect aggression.

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 349287
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/349287
ISSN: 0022-3506
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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:43

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