Are normal narcissists psychologically healthy?: Self-esteem matters

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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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1037/0022-3514.87.3.400
Additional Information: Personality Processes and Individual Differences
ISSNs: 0022-3514 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 40238
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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 21:53
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