Narcissism and emotional contagion: do narcissists “catch” the emotions of others?

Czarna, Anna Z.; Wróbel, Monika; Zeigler-Hill, Virgil; Dufner, Michael (27 February 2015). Narcissism and emotional contagion: do narcissists “catch” the emotions of others? In: 16th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) - "Finding Psychological Insights Through Social Media". Long Beach CA, USA. 26.-01.03.2015.

In this research, we investigated the association between narcissism and one central aspect of empathy, susceptibility for emotional contagion (the transfer of emotional states from one person to another). In an experimental study (N=101), we were able to compare actual susceptibility for emotional contagion (as indicated by a change in emotions that converges with the emotions of another person) and self-reported susceptibility for emotional contagion (assessed via questionnaire). Results showed that in the case of positive emotions, narcissists were actually less susceptible to emotional contagion than individuals low in narcissism. At the same time, however, narcissists believed they were more susceptible to contagion of positive emotions. Thus, narcissists were less likely to “catch the positive emotions” of others than individuals low in narcissism, but at the same time lacked the self-insight capabilities to notice this.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Czarna, Anna Zofia

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Dubler

Date Deposited:

02 May 2016 15:58

Last Modified:

08 Mar 2019 08:06

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79912

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