Portions of this article were submitted as a doctoral dissertation of Sun W. Park to Northeastern University.
Narcissism and Other-Derogation in the Absence of Ego Threat
Version of Record online: 30 JUL 2014
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Journal of Personality
Volume 83, Issue 3, pages 334–345, June 2015
How to Cite
Park, S. W. and Colvin, C. R. (2015), Narcissism and Other-Derogation in the Absence of Ego Threat. Journal of Personality, 83: 334–345. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12107
- Issue online: 7 MAY 2015
- Version of Record online: 30 JUL 2014
- Accepted manuscript online: 17 JUN 2014 05:06AM EST
The relation between narcissism and other-derogation has been examined primarily in the context of ego threat. In three studies, we investigated whether narcissistic individuals derogate others in the absence of ego threat. In Study 1, 79 judges watched four videotaped dyadic interactions and rated the personality of the same four people. In Study 2, 66 judges rated the personality of a friend. In Study 3, 72 judges considered the average Northeastern University student and rated the personality of this hypothetical person. Across the three studies, targets' personality characteristics were described on the 100-item California Adult Q-Sort (CAQ; Block, 2008). Judges' ratings of targets were compared to a CAQ prototype of the optimally adjusted person to assess target-derogation. Judges' narcissism and other-derogation were positively related in Studies 1 and 2. Narcissism positively predicted and self-esteem negatively predicted target-derogation after controlling for each other in Study 3. Narcissistic individuals derogate others more than non-narcissistic individuals regardless of whether ego threat is present or absent.