Commonalities and differences in characteristics of persons at risk for narcissism and mania

Daniel Fulford, Sheri L. Johnson, Charles S. Carver

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Abstract

Clinicians have long noted overlap in some of the key features of narcissism and bipolar disorder, including excessively high goals and impulsivity. In addition, empirical findings consistently document high levels of comorbidity between the two conditions. To better understand the similarities and differences in psychological qualities associated with mania- and narcissism-related vulnerabilities, we administered to 233 undergraduates a broad range of measures pertaining to goals and affects (both their experience and their dysregulation) and impulsivity. As hypothesized, tendencies toward both narcissism and hypomania related to elevations on measures of affective and goal dysregulation. In addition, hypomania tendencies were related to higher impulsivity, but that association did not appear for narcissistic tendencies. Results highlight key commonalities and differences between those at risk for mania versus narcissism. Future research should examine these relationships in clinically diagnosed samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1427-1438
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Affect regulation
  • Goal regulation
  • Hypomania
  • Impulsivity
  • Narcissism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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