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Examining the Relations Among Narcissism, Impulsivity, and Self-Defeating Behaviors

Better late than never. Academe is catching up to work I have done 14 years ago: narcissism as epidemic (Campbell and Twenge); the narcissist's special sense of time (Kernberg); the narcissism of celebrities (Pinsky); and now this.

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The Narcissist's Self Defeating and Self Destructive Behaviours

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Narcissism, Substance Abuse, and Reckless Behaviors

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Narcissistic Rage and Narcissistic Injury: The Intermittent Explosive Narcissist

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Journal of Personality
Volume 77 Issue 3, Pages 761 - 794

Published Online: 25 Mar 2009

Examining the Relations Among Narcissism, Impulsivity, and Self-Defeating Behaviors

Joshua D. Miller 1 , W. Keith Campbell 1 , Diana L. Young 1 , Chad
E. Lakey 1 , Dennis E. Reidy 1 , Amos Zeichner 1 , and Adam S.
Goodie 1
  1 University of Georgia

 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Joshua D.
Miller, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
30602-3013. E-mail: jdmiller@[sign in to see URL].

 This research was supported in part by National Institutes of Health
research grant MH067827 to [sign in to see URL]. Data for Study 2 were collected as part of the
Georgia Personality Addiction Affect and Decision-making (G-PAAD) study.


A recent meta-analysis (S. Vazire & D. C. Funder, 2006) suggested that
narcissism and impulsivity are related and that impulsivity partially accounts
for the relation between narcissism and self-defeating behaviors (SDB). This
research examines these hypotheses in two studies and tests a competing
hypothesis that Extraversion and Agreeableness account for this relation. In
Study 1, we examined the relations among narcissism, impulsivity, and
aggression. Both narcissism and impulsivity predicted aggression, but impulsivity did
not mediate the narcissism–aggression relation. In Study 2, narcissism was
related to a measure of SDB and manifested divergent relations with a range
of impulsivity traits from three measures. None of the impulsivity models
accounted for the narcissism–SDB relation, although there were unique
mediating paths for traits related to sensation and fun seeking. The domains of
Extraversion and low Agreeableness successfully mediated the entire
narcissism–SDB relation. We address the discrepancy between the current and
meta-analytic findings.

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