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Can narcissistic vulnerability be distinguished from general psychopathology: an examination within the interpersonal context

Jensen, Lily C. X. (2022) Can narcissistic vulnerability be distinguished from general psychopathology: an examination within the interpersonal context. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Studies suggest a conceptualization of narcissism using a three-factor model, where a core feature of entitlement/antagonism links narcissistic vulnerability and narcissistic grandiosity. The degree to which these factors uniquely relate to narcissism prompts disagreement. Past research supports the idea that vulnerability, particularly, is not unique to narcissism and, rather, associates with a wide range of psychopathology and negative affectivity. The current study reevaluates the ongoing argument by exploring the domains of narcissism in everyday life. How facets of narcissism associate with various interpersonal variables, including ratings of one’s own warmth and dominance and perceptions of the interacting partners warmth and dominance, is explored. Results revealed entitlement most strongly and consistently associated with interpersonal behavior. Specifically, entitlement negatively associated with perceptions of interacting partner’s warmth and dominance, and one’s own warmth. These effects remained similar after controlling for negative affectivity. Vulnerability very modestly negatively associated with one’s own dominance, and this effect becomes non-significant after negative affectivity was controlled. Agentic extraversion modestly positively associated with one’s own warmth and dominance, and these effects are similar after controlling for negative affectivity. These findings reinforce that entitlement is at the core of narcissism and provide a few key suggestions for future research aiming to examine the unique effects of narcissistic vulnerability, above and beyond negative affectivity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jensen, Lily C. X.lij32@pitt.edulij32
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorWright, Aidan G. C.aidan@pitt.eduaidan
Committee MemberRoecklein, Kathrynkroeck@pitt.edukroeck
Committee MemberForest, AmandaFOREST@pitt.eduFOREST
Committee MemberConway,
Date: 23 April 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 April 2022
Approval Date: 23 April 2022
Submission Date: 11 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 39
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology, narcissism, negative affect, interpersonal behaviors
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2022 16:06
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2022 16:06


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