The mystery of communion in narcissism: The success-as-a-flaw effect

Krystyna Drat-Ruszczak , Róża Bazińska , Aleksandra Niemyjska

Abstract

In the present paper we consider the specific relationship between communal and agentic functioning of narcissistic individuals. The study was aimed to test whether narcissist's aggression is due to not only negative information about their agency but also positive information about their communion. Whereas the first effect is well- documented in empirical studies, the second effect has been revealed in our prior research (Drat-Ruszczak & Bazińska, 2010). The results of the present study confirmed both effects: negative information about one's agency increased aggressive tendencies (operationalized as a display of demeaning behavior) and decreased state self-esteem, while positive information about one's communion resulted only in displaced aggression. The aggressive response to positive communal information is discussed as the success-as-a-flaw effect, which we mean as inverse of the failure-as-an asset effect, observed by Reinhard, Stahlberg and Messner (2008, 2009). According to the success-as-a-flaw effect, positive outcomes in the communal domain, considered by narcissists to be an evidence of low-status, are threatening for the grandiose self, based on the domain of agency. The social cognitive and clinical approach is employed to interpret these results.  
Author Krystyna Drat-Ruszczak (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Krystyna Drat-Ruszczak,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Róża Bazińska (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Róża Bazińska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Aleksandra Niemyjska (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Aleksandra Niemyjska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2014
Vol45
No4
Pages453-463
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
DOIDOI:10.2478/ppb-2014-0055
URL http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ppb.2014.45.issue-4/ppb-2014-0055/ppb-2014-0055.xml?format=INT
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.148
Citation count*3 (2020-11-23)
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