Autonomic responses to negative personal feedback in narcissistic individuals

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Jerica McIntyre (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Leonardo Bobadilla

Abstract: While narcissistic traits have a long, observable history, little is known about the possible biological underpinnings that may be fueling these behaviors. The link between narcissism and aggression is clear; with hostility and antagonism often being the response in narcissistic persons when they suffer ego threat. However, the question remains whether these outward behaviors are the result of physiological reactions or just that of choice. In an attempt to address this question, several theories about the driving force behind narcissism have been proposed. These include the idea that individuals high in narcissism are aggressive in an attempt to disguise low or unstable self-esteem; narcissism is “automatic” instead of a conscious decision about how to behave; as well as the idea that narcissism is simply the result of an inability to inhibit oneself. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between narcissistic traits and autonomic responses to personal feedback. This information could aid in determining whether narcissistic individuals are unable to control their impulses at a biological level. If so, this would indicate that these individuals’ behaviors would be motivated in a way similar to behavioral patterns seen with addiction.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Narcissism -- Physiological aspects -- Case studies
Narcissism -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies

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