A view through gloomy glasses: accuracy and bias in relationships of narcissists

Torchetti, Loredana; Morf, Carolyn (11 September 2013). A view through gloomy glasses: accuracy and bias in relationships of narcissists (Unpublished). In: 13th Congress of the Swiss Psychological Society: Crossing Borders. Basel, Switzerland. 11.-12.09.2013.

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Narcissists’ perception of others is marked by a negative bias in the service of their own self-enhancement. The aim of this study was to determine whether
narcissists’ negative bias extends to the perception of romantic partners too. In addition, we explored whether partners of narcissists succumb to specific
perception biases as well. During 14 days, 86 couples completed measures of support given to and received from their partners. The results indicated that both male and female narcissists were more accurate in detecting negative support (e.g., blaming the partner for his or her problems) received from their partners, while female narcissists only were less accurate in perceiving altruistic support motives (e.g., truly enjoying to help the partner) of their male partner. Moreover, narcissists as well as their partners displayed a negative bias by underestimating the amount of altruistic support motives reported by each of them. On the other hand, partners of narcissists were positively biased as well and underestimated the negative support given by the narcissists. Results are discussed in relation to the self-regulatory goals of narcissists and of their partners and with respect to the possible impact of their accuracy and biases on the couple wellbeing.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Torchetti, Loredana, Morf, Carolyn


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Karin Dubler

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2014 09:14

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05 Dec 2022 14:31



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