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Narcissistic responding to ego threat: when the status of the evaluator matters

Narcissistic responding to ego threat: when the status of the evaluator matters
Narcissistic responding to ego threat: when the status of the evaluator matters
Narcissists and nonnarcissists were insulted by high-status and low-status evaluators and were given an opportunity to self-protect with a comparative (evaluator derogation; Experiment 1) and noncomparative (inflated state self-esteem; Experiments 1 and 2) strategy. Narcissists engaged in comparative self-protection indiscriminately (i.e., derogating both low-status and high-status evaluators), whereas nonnarcissists showed some mercy to low-status evaluators. With regard to noncomparative protection, the findings were consistent across studies: Evaluator status interacted with narcissism such that narcissists engaged in noncomparative self-protection more than nonnarcissists when the evaluator was high, but not low, in status. Evaluator status and, more generally, source of feedback are worth serious consideration when untangling the intricacies and flexibility of narcissistic self-protection.
0022-3506
1493-1526
Horton, Robert S.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Horton, Robert S.
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Horton, Robert S. and Sedikides, Constantine (2009) Narcissistic responding to ego threat: when the status of the evaluator matters Journal of Personality, 77, (5), pp. 1493-1526.

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Narcissists and nonnarcissists were insulted by high-status and low-status evaluators and were given an opportunity to self-protect with a comparative (evaluator derogation; Experiment 1) and noncomparative (inflated state self-esteem; Experiments 1 and 2) strategy. Narcissists engaged in comparative self-protection indiscriminately (i.e., derogating both low-status and high-status evaluators), whereas nonnarcissists showed some mercy to low-status evaluators. With regard to noncomparative protection, the findings were consistent across studies: Evaluator status interacted with narcissism such that narcissists engaged in noncomparative self-protection more than nonnarcissists when the evaluator was high, but not low, in status. Evaluator status and, more generally, source of feedback are worth serious consideration when untangling the intricacies and flexibility of narcissistic self-protection.

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Published date: October 2009

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/68012
ISSN: 0022-3506
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Date deposited: 08 Sep 2009
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Author: Robert S. Horton

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