Are normal narcissists psychologically healthy? Self-esteem matters

Sedikides, Constantine; Rudich, Eric 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. ISSN 0022-3514 [Article]

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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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Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.87.3.400

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 September 2004Published

Item ID:

497

Date Deposited:

10 Dec 2008 10:36

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27 Jan 2021 06:44

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/497

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