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Does High Self-Esteem Foster Narcissism? Testing the Bidirectional Relationships between Self-Esteem, Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry

Cichocka, Aleksandra, Cislak, Aleksandra, Stronge, Samantha, Osborne, Danny, Sibley, Chris G. (2019) Does High Self-Esteem Foster Narcissism? Testing the Bidirectional Relationships between Self-Esteem, Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry. Journal of Research in Personality, 83 . Article Number 103882. ISSN 0092-6566. (doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103882) (KAR id:76967)

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Abstract

We examined the longitudinal associations between self-esteem and narcissism in a three-wave panel study (N=557). In a standard cross-lagged panel model, self-esteem had a positive bidirectional relationship with narcissistic admiration. Narcissistic rivalry predicted increases in narcissistic admiration, but the corresponding reciprocal cross-lagged effect was not significant, nor were the cross-lagged associations between self-esteem and narcissistic rivalry. However, a random-intercept cross-lagged panel model (which partitions between- and within-person variance) failed to identify significant cross-lagged relationships between self-esteem and admiration or rivalry. Rather, self-esteem correlated positively with narcissistic admiration (but not rivalry) only at the trait level. Furthermore, we observed positive bidirectional associations between admiration and rivalry, suggesting that the within-person fluctuations in these two sub-dimensions of narcissism mutually reinforce each other.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103882
Uncontrolled keywords: self-esteem, narcissist, ration, rivalry random-intercept, cross-lagged panel model
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 13:36 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76967 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cichocka, Aleksandra: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1703-1586
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