How narcissistic self-construction sabotages their relationships: Accuracy and bias in partner perception

Morf, Carolyn; Torchetti, Loredana; Nater, Christa (27 February 2015). How narcissistic self-construction sabotages their relationships: Accuracy and bias in partner perception. In: 16th congress of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Long Beach, CA. 26.-28.02.2015.

Trapped by their superordinate goal to maintain a grandiose self, narcissists navigate their relationships wishing to re-assure themselves of their specialness and superiority, using strategies bound to fail. Dyadic analyses of diary data (14 days, 83 couples) showed that narcissists focus on their partners’ shortcomings, becoming experts at detecting negative forms of support, while simultaneously minimizing their partner’s positive intentions. Partners of narcissists, in contrast, appear to have a positive bias in ongoing relationships and seem to compensate for some of the narcissists’ shortcomings. Narcissists’ focus on their own selfconstruction purposes also extends to their parenting roles. In a retrospective study, narcissistic mothers were found to demand superior performance, desiring to show-off their child, yet concurrently attributing their child’s success to themselves. They also exercise psychological control and role-reversal, requiring the child to cater to their needs, and to admire them, while simultaneously oblivious to their child’s needs and desires.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Morf, Carolyn; Torchetti, Loredana and Nater, Christa

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christa Nater

Date Deposited:

05 Aug 2015 08:37

Last Modified:

11 May 2016 13:54

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70663

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