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Contingent self-importance among pathological narcissists: Evidence from an implicit task

Fetterman, Adam K and Robinson, Michael D (2010) 'Contingent self-importance among pathological narcissists: Evidence from an implicit task.' Journal of Research in Personality, 44 (6). pp. 691-697. ISSN 0092-6566

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Abstract

Pathological narcissists are thought to hold unstable, contingent views of their self-importance. They harbor grandiose fantasies about the self, but are vulnerable and hypersensitive as well. The present study (N = 84) sought to provide evidence for this important set of clinical ideas. Following a manipulation priming dominant versus submissive self-views, a task developed to assess implicit self-importance of an interpersonal type was administered. As hypothesized, the manipulation and levels of pathological narcissism interacted to predict implicit self-importance. Implicit self-importance scores were unaffected by the priming manipulation at low levels of pathological narcissism, but were strongly affected at high levels of pathological narcissism. These results support clinical intuitions concerning pathological narcissism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pathological narcissism; Self-importance; Implicit; Priming
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 10:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15656

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