Communal narcissism


Gebauer, J. E., Sedikides, C., Verplanken, B. and Maio, G. R., 2012. Communal narcissism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103 (5), pp. 854-878.

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An agency-communion model of narcissism distinguishes between agentic narcissists (individuals satisfying self-motives of grandiosity, esteem, entitlement, and power in agentic domains) and communal narcissists (individuals satisfying the same self-motives in communal domains). Five studies supported the model. In Study 1, participants listed their grandiose self-thoughts. Two distinct types emerged: agentic (“I am the most intelligent person”) and communal (“I am the most helpful person”). In Study 2, we relied on the listed communal grandiose self-thoughts to construct the Communal Narcissism Inventory. It was psychometrically sound, stable over time, and largely independent of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory—the standard measure of agentic narcissism. In Studies 3 and 4, agentic and communal narcissists shared the same self-motives, while crucially differing in their means for need satisfaction: Agentic narcissists capitalized on agentic means, communal narcissists on communal means. Study 5 revisited the puzzle of low self– other agreement regarding communal traits and behaviors. Attesting to the broader significance of our model, this low self– other agreement was partly due to communal narcissists: They saw themselves as high, but were seen by others as low, in communion.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsGebauer, J. E., Sedikides, C., Verplanken, B. and Maio, G. R.
Uncontrolled Keywordsnarcissism,communion,agency,communal narcissism inventory,self
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
ID Code31574


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