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Association Between Narcissism and Implicit Self-Esteem

Title: The Association Between Narcissism and Implicit Self-Esteem: A Test of the Fragile Self-Esteem Hypothesis.
Name(s): Lima, Elizabeth Noemi, author
Loney, Bryan R., professor directing dissertation
Levenson, Cathy, outside committee member
Joiner, Thomas E., committee member
Kelley, Colleen, committee member
Maner, Jon, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The fragile self-esteem view of narcissism suggests that narcissism is rooted in insecurity of the self that is disguised by grandiosity and arrogance. This conceptualization was initially developed from a psychoanalytic perspective and remains largely overlooked in empirical investigations. The current study empirically tested the fragile self-esteem hypothesis using two established measures of implicit self-esteem. It was proposed that implicit self-esteem would moderate the association between narcissism and criterion measures assessing emotional (e.g., anxiety and depression) and behavioral (e.g., aggression) functioning. Specifically, the study examined for opposing patterns of emotional and behavioral functioning associated with high and low implicit self-esteem profiles. Using a multi-method assessment battery in a large mixed-gender young adult sample, the results failed to support the study predictions and seriously question the viability of the fragile self-esteem hypothesis. Limitations that could have impacted results and avenues for future research are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1346 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Psychology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: June 26, 2007.
Keywords: Explicit Self-Esteem, Implicit Self-Esteem, Self-Esteem, Narcissism, Hierarchical Multiple Regression
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Bryan R. Loney, Professor Directing Dissertation; Cathy Levenson, Outside Committee Member; Thomas E. Joiner, Committee Member; Colleen Kelley, Committee Member; Jon Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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