Narcissism, perceived social status, and social cognition and their influence on aggression

Thomas P. Gumpel, Vered Wiesenthal, Patrik Söderberg

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This study had three primary goals: to explore the relationship between narcissism, participant roles, and aggression; to examine the role of gender as a moderating influence on narcissism-based aggression; and to examine how these variables work together to influence aggressive outcomes in a sample of aggressive middle and high school students. Narcissism and aggresion appear to be similarly related for males and females; however, when examining high aggression males and high aggression females, we found that males were more influenced by leadership and authority aspects of narcissism and females were more influenced by self-absorption/self-admiration aspects of narcissism. Participants break down into three primary groups: perpetrators, helpers, and bystanders. For both genders, being a helper (either as help-seeker or defender) is positively correlated with exploitiveness.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)138–156
JournalBehavioral disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • psychopathology
  • aggression
  • self-esteem
  • participant roles

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