What are the Values of Both Narcissistic Dimensions?
The present research examines links between narcissism and Schwartz's (1992) value circular value structure. Though most narcissistic people display self-aggrandizement (Murray, 1938), there is growing consensus that narcissism entails two dimensions: a grandiose aspect that is interpersonally domineering and demanding of attention, as well as a vulnerable aspect that feels socially inadequate and experiences negative emotionality (Cain et al., 2008). The present study examines higher-order values motivated by the pursuit of enhancing the wellness of others (the "self-transcendent values") oppose those focused on enhancing status and success (the "self-enhancement values"). We hypothesized that grandiosity would be a strong positive predictor of self-enhancement values, and a strong negative predictor of self-transcendent values; we predicted effects in the same direction, with smaller effect-sizes, for vulnerable narcissism. The results show that grandiose narcissism exhibited strong positive relationships with higher order values such as self-enhancement, with strong negative relationships with conservation and self-transcendence. Narcissistic vulnerability was also linked positively to self-enhancement and negatively to self-transcendence, but with weaker effects.
Anello, Kelsey, "What are the Values of Both Narcissistic Dimensions?" (2018). University Research Symposium. 5.