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Extremes of self-esteem and narcissism and the experience and expression of anger and aggression

Papps, BP; O'Carroll, RE; (1998) Extremes of self-esteem and narcissism and the experience and expression of anger and aggression. AGGRESSIVE BEHAV , 24 (6) 421 - 438.

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Abstract

This study examined the level of self-esteem and narcissism as personality variables involved in the disposition to experience and express anger. Three hundred thirty-eight subjects were sampled across two higher education centres and one student teaching programme in the United Kingdom, It was reasoned that individuals with both high self-esteem and narcissism would report especially high tendencies to experience and express anger and aggression and that those with high self-esteem and low narcissism would report the lowest, These predictions were influenced by theories that emphasise the role of threats to high self-esteem in the production of aggression and violence. Results indicate that groups defined by their extreme scores on self-esteem and narcissism scales produced levels of anger expression in the predicted direction, The importance of considering extreme levels of self-esteem and narcissism (in conjunction with other factors) in an analysis of anger is discussed with reference to currently influential theories in the field. (C) 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Type:Article
Title:Extremes of self-esteem and narcissism and the experience and expression of anger and aggression
Keywords:self-esteem, narcissism, aggression, anger, PERSONALITY-INVENTORY, CONSTRUCT-VALIDITY, HOSTILITY, DEPRESSION, PERFORMANCE, VIOLENCE, FAILURE, MEN
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences

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