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Narcyzm a satysfakcja z życia: pośrednicząca rola neurotyczności i ekstrawersji
Narcissism and satisfaction with life: Mediating role of neuroticism and extraversion

Author(s): Kinga Szymaniak, Oliwia Maciantowicz, Marcin Zajenkowski
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology, Social psychology and group interaction, Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychology of Self, Behaviorism
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: vulnerable narcissism; satisfaction with life; neuroticism, extraversion

Summary/Abstract: Recent studies show that there might be two types of narcissism: grandiose and vulnerablenarcissism. The former correlates with more adaptive psychological profile and high well-being, whereas the latter is associated with maladaptive functioning including negative emotionality. In the current study we examined the relationships between two types of narcissism and satisfaction with life. Additionally, we controlled for Big Five personality traits, because they were shown to be relevant for both narcissism and well being. Total of 233 subjects took part in the study with a range of age 18–39. Vulnerable narcissism was measured with the Polish version of the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale and grandiose narcissism was assessed with Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Big Five was assessed with the Polish adaptation of International Personality Items Pool Big Five Factor Markers – 50. Satisfaction with life was measured with Satisfaction with Life Scale. We found that only one type of narcissism was significantly correlated with satisfaction with life. Specifically, vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with life satisfaction, whereas grandiose type did not correlate significantly with it. The mediation analysis revealed that neuroticism and extraversion fully mediated the relationship between vulnerable narcissism and life satisfaction. The obtained results suggest that personality traits explain the level of happiness declared by vulnerable narcissists. This finding is consistent with recent data showing that vulnerable narcissism is highly correlated with personality traits, especially neuroticism.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 36
  • Page Range: 65-82
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish