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Fluctuations in grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic states: A momentary perspective

Edershile, Elizabeth (2019) Fluctuations in grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic states: A momentary perspective. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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It has been theorized that dynamic processes within and between grandiosity and vulnerability underlie pathological narcissism. Gaining an understanding of this process is quickly becoming one of the most pressing research goals in the study of narcissism. Research seeking to address this has either not studied both grandiosity and vulnerability together or has used dispositional measures to assess what are considered to be momentary states. Research in other areas of personality pathology (e.g., borderline personality disorder) has made headway in engaging data collection and analytic methods that are specifically meant to examine such questions. The present study took an exploratory approach to studying theorized fluctuations within and between grandiose and vulnerable states. Fluctuations were examined with regard to overall variability (measured by gross variability, instability, and inertia). Switching between discrete narcissistic states was also examined. Further, the present study examined connections between these momentary dynamics and dispositional narcissism assessments. Results suggest overall variability from moment to moment is moderately associated with dispositional assessments of narcissism. Specifically, individuals who are dispositionally grandiose appear to have high mean levels of both grandiosity and vulnerability and tend to vary in each. On the other hand, dispositionally vulnerable individuals tend to have high levels of vulnerability and low levels of grandiosity, though they do vary in each. Few results emerged with respect to switching between states. Future research should consider using similar methods and statistical techniques on different timescales to study theorized dynamics within narcissism.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Edershile, Elizabetheae39@pitt.edueae390000-0001-9511-2387
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWright,
Committee MemberManuck,
Committee MemberPedersen,
Date: 15 January 2019
Defense Date: 3 October 2018
Approval Date: 21 June 2019
Submission Date: 18 February 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Narcissism, Grandiosity, Vulnerability, Fluctuations
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 18:19
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2019 18:19


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