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Are normal narcissists psychologically healthy?: Self-esteem matters

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Five studies established that normal narcissism is correlated with good psychological health. Specifically, narcissism is (a) inversely related to daily sadness and dispositional depression, (b) inversely related to daily and dispositional loneliness, (c) positively related to daily and dispositional subjective well-being as well as couple well-being, (d) inversely related to daily anxiety, and (e) inversely related to dispositional neuroticism. More important, self-esteem fully accounted for the relation between narcissism and psychological health. Thus, narcissism is beneficial for psychological health only insofar as it is associated with high self-esteem. Explanations of the main and mediational findings in terms of response or social desirability biases (e.g., defensiveness, repression, impression management) were ruled out. Supplementary analysis showed that the links among narcissism, self-esteem, and psychological health were preponderantly linear.

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Sedikides, Constantine, Rudich, Erich A., Gregg, Aiden P., Kumashiro, Madoka and Rusbult, Caryl (2004) Are normal narcissists psychologically healthy?: Self-esteem matters Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, (3), pp. 400-416. (doi:10.1037/0022-3514.87.3.400).

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Published date: 2004
Additional Information: Personality Processes and Individual Differences

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Local EPrints ID: 40238
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40238
ISSN: 0022-3514
PURE UUID: 6770efd2-0212-49ea-a192-da18011748e5

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:35

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Author: Erich A. Rudich
Author: Aiden P. Gregg
Author: Madoka Kumashiro
Author: Caryl Rusbult

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