Kevin M. Williams on Narcissism - Dictionary of Arguments
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Narcissism/Dark Triad Traits/Personality Traits/Paulhus/Williams/Zeigler-Hill/Marcus: Narcissism refers to exaggerated feelings of grandiosity, vanity, self-absorption and entitlement (e.g., Morf & Rhodewalt, 2001)(1). (…) the Dark Triad literature has focused almost exclusively on the subclinical manifestation of narcissism that considers it to be a normally distributed personality trait in the general population. Narcissism is considered a ‘dark’ personality trait because it interferes with various aspects of interpersonal functioning and contributes to a range of negative social outcomes (e.g., Dowgwillo et al., 2016)(2).
(…) the most frequently used instrument for measuring narcissism is the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI; Raskin & Hall, 1979(3), 1981(4)). There are multiple versions of the NPI but the most popular consists of 40 items that are presented in a forced-choice format such that respondents must best describe themselves using either a narcissistic statement (e.g., ‘I like to be the center of attention’) or a non-narcissistic statement (e.g., ‘I prefer to blend in with the crowd’).
Despite the multidimensional nature of the NPI, most studies concerning the Dark Triad have focused exclusively on the overall composite NPI score rather than distinguishing among the subscales of the NPI. Although the use of a composite score for the NPI simplifies the presentation of results, neglecting the specific factors may be problematic due to the differences among those factors. >Personality/Traits.
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2. Dowgwillo, E. A., Dawood, S., & Pincus, A. L. (2016). The dark side of narcissism. In V. Zeigler-Hill & D. K. Marcus (Eds.), The dark side of personality: Science and practice in social, personality, and clinical psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
3. Raskin, R., & Hall, C. S. (1979). A Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Psychological Reports, 45, 590.
4. Raskin, R., & Hall, C. S. (1981). The narcissistic personality inventory: Alternate form reliability and further evidence of construct validity. Journal of Personality Assessment, 45, 159—162.
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