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Implicit self-esteem and narcissism: rethinking the link

Implicit self-esteem and narcissism: rethinking the link
Implicit self-esteem and narcissism: rethinking the link
Several studies have found that explicit and implicit self-esteem interact to predict narcissism. These findings have been interpreted as supporting the hypothesis that narcissists have high but fragile self-esteem. However, we contend that these findings are neither empirically consistent nor conceptually coherent. We instead hypothesize that explicit and implicit self-esteem should predict narcissism independently, respectively in a positive and negative direction. In a large multi-session study, we examined the interrelationships between narcissism, explicit self-esteem, and three indices of implicit self-esteem (showing good psychometric properties and some convergent validity). No evidence emerged that explicit and implicit self-esteem interacted to predict narcissism. However, as predicted, two measures of implicit self-esteem were inversely related to narcissism. Potential explanations for divergent findings are considered.
0022-3514
Gregg, Aiden P.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Gregg, Aiden P.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (1970) Implicit self-esteem and narcissism: rethinking the link. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Several studies have found that explicit and implicit self-esteem interact to predict narcissism. These findings have been interpreted as supporting the hypothesis that narcissists have high but fragile self-esteem. However, we contend that these findings are neither empirically consistent nor conceptually coherent. We instead hypothesize that explicit and implicit self-esteem should predict narcissism independently, respectively in a positive and negative direction. In a large multi-session study, we examined the interrelationships between narcissism, explicit self-esteem, and three indices of implicit self-esteem (showing good psychometric properties and some convergent validity). No evidence emerged that explicit and implicit self-esteem interacted to predict narcissism. However, as predicted, two measures of implicit self-esteem were inversely related to narcissism. Potential explanations for divergent findings are considered.

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Published date: 1 January 1970
Additional Information: Manuscript under review.

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Local EPrints ID: 45085
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/45085
ISSN: 0022-3514
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Date deposited: 22 Mar 2007
Last modified: 24 Jul 2020 16:33

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