Handbook of the Psychology of Narcissism: Diverse Perspectives


Avi Besser, PhD (Editor)
Center for Research in Personality, Life Transitions, and Stressful Life Events, Sapir Academic College, Israel

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

This is an edited collection of work by a distinguished set of international experts that presents a broad overview of psychological research on narcissism from diverse perspectives, including the clinical, social and personality, industrial/organizational, cognitive/social cognition, and biological/physiological point of views. The chapters are clustered into three sections focusing on intrapersonal (Chapters 1–10), interpersonal (Chapters 11–18), and clinical (Chapters 19–23) aspects of narcissism. Together, the chapters provide a comprehensive overview of one of the most popular topics in psychology. The individual chapters present in-depth reviews of particular issues such as the role of narcissism in individual responses to exposure to traumatic events, interpersonal romantic rejection, and achievement failure. A number of further topics are covered in this book, including:

• How narcissistic individuals react to threatening situations
• Whether narcissism is a personality disorder or a cultural phenomenon
• The relationships between narcissism and self-worth, perfectionism, humor, empathy, and identity
• The role of narcissism in parenting
• The relationship between narcissism and eating disorders
• The role of narcissism in the workplace
• Cognitive, clinical, industrial-organizational (I-O), social and personality, psychological, and behavioral correlates of narcissism.

This collection will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners, as well as graduate and advanced undergraduate students of social psychology. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I. Intrapersonal Aspects of Narcissism

Chapter 1 – Do Narcissists Really Love Themselves As Much As It Seems? The Psychodynamic Mask Model of Narcissistic Self-Worth (pp. 3-22)
Ashton C. Southard, Ph.D., Amy Noser, M.S. and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Oakland University)

Chapter 2 – Tales of Glory: The Narcissistic Ideal As a Defense against Being Forgotten (pp. 23-42)
Robert Waska, LPCC, MFT, Ph.D. (Private Practice in San Francisco and Marin County, California and Member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, CA, US)

Chapter 3 – Understanding the Narcissistic Perfectionists among Us: Grandiosity, Vulnerability, and the Quest for the Perfect Self (pp. 43-66)
Gordon L. Flett, Ph.D., Simon B. Sherry, Ph.D., Paul L. Hewitt, Ph.D. and Taryn Nepon, M.A. (York University and others)

Chapter 4 – Narcissism and Heroism: A Rendezvous? (pp. 67-78)
Shai Itamar, M.A. and Golan Shahar, Ph.D. (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Chapter 5 – Bodies and Men: Vicissitudes of the Masculine in Man (pp. 79-104)
Stefano Monzani, M.A. (Geneva, Switzerland)

Chapter 6 – Narcissism in the Third Millennium: Personality Disorder or Cultural Phenomenon? (pp. 105-124)
Gidi Rubinstein, Ph.D. (School of Behavioral Sciences, Netanya Academic College, Israel)

Chapter 7 – Narcissism and Objectality: Contributions, Clinical Implications, and Links between the Models of Sidney Blatt and Heinz Kohut (pp. 125-152)
Rui C. Campos, Ph.D. and Isabel Mesquita, Ph.D. (University of Évora, Portugal)

Chapter 8 – Integrating Trait- and Process-Based Conceptualizations of Pathological Narcissism in the DSM-5 Era (pp. 153-174)
Aidan G. C. Wright, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh, PA, US)

Chapter 9 – Physiological and Health-Related Correlates of the Narcissistic Personality (pp. 175-214)
Sara Konrath, Ph.D. and John Paul Bonadonna, B.S. (Institute for Social Research and Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, MI, US)

Chapter 10 – Narcissistic Grandiose Self: Its Defensive Function Against Depressive Mood and the Damage It Causes in the Context of Negative Interpersonal Life Events (pp. 215-226)
Masayo Uji, Ph.D., Takagishi Yukihiro, Ph.D., Keiichiro Adachi, Ph.D. and Toshinori Kitamura, PRCPsych. (Department of Bioethics, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Life Sciences; Department of Human Psychology, Kansai University of International Studies; Department of Psychology, Kobe Shoin Women’s University, and Kitamura Mental Health Institute, Tokyo, Japan)

Part II. Interpersonal Aspects of Narcissism

Chapter 11 – Perceptions of Everyday Deceptions: Individual Differences in Narcissism and Psychopathy Associated with Black and White Untruths (pp. 229-248)
Chelsea Rose, Ph.D. and Marc Stewart Wilson, Ph.D. (Victoria University, Wellington)

Chapter 12 – Narcissism on Social Networks (pp. 249-258)
Rémy Potier, Ph.D. (Department of Psychoanalysis Studies, Research Center Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society, Paris Diderot University, France)

Chapter 13 – Paternal Narcissism: Fathering Very Young Children As Compared to Fathering Adolescents (pp. 259-280)
Ricky Finzi-Dottan, Ph.D. and Orna Cohen, Ph.D. (School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University and Child & Adolescence Outpatient Clinic, Geha Mental Health Center, and School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Chapter 14 – Narcissism in Teams (pp. 281-296)
Esther Unger-Aviram, Ph.D. (Department of Managing Human Resources, Sapir Academic College, Israel)

Chapter 15 – The Implications of Adolescent Narcissism for Interpersonal Relationships (pp. 297-314)
Rebecca L. Kauten, M.A., Christopher T. Barry, Ph.D. and Marion T. Wallace, Ph.D. (The University of Southern Mississippi and others)

Chapter 16 – Not Such a Funny Thing: When Humor Meets Narcissism (pp. 315-332)
Liat Itzhaky, Ph.D., Avi Besser, Ph.D. and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D. (School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Israel and others)

Chapter 17 – Associations between Narcissism, Empathy, Personality, and Imagined Interactions (pp. 333-346)
James M. Honeycutt, Ph.D., Michelle E. Pence, Ph.D. and Christopher G. Gearhart, Ph.D. (Department of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University, LA, US and others)

Chapter 18 – Theory of Mind in Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissism (pp. 347-362)
Chinmay Aradhye, M.A. and Jennifer Vonk, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Oakland University)

Part III. Clinical Aspects of Narcissism

Chapter 19 – Alexithymia and Empathy in Adolescents with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (pp. 365-378)
Daniel Serrani, M.D. (Faculty of Psychology, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina)

Chapter 20 – Dependency, Self-Critical Perfectionism, Narcissism, and Sensitivity to Ostracism Among Male Adolescent Offenders with Severe Conduct Disorder: A Cyberball Study (pp. 379-398)
Patrick Luyten, Ph.D., Michael Crowley, Ph.D., Sabine Janssen, MSc and Linda Mayes, Ph.D. (University of Leuven, Belgium, and University College, London and others)

Chapter 21 – Narcissism and Psychological Distress among Civilians Exposed to War Trauma (pp. 399-416)
Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., Avi Besser, Ph.D., Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D., Aaron L. Pincus, Ph.D. and Yuval Neria, Ph.D. (Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel and others)

Chapter 22 – Normal Narcissism As a Buffer against the Development of Eating Disorders and PTSD: Two Prospective Studies (pp. 417-428)
Eytan Bachar, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Chapter 23 – Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissism under Threat: Disparities and Similarities (pp. 429-454)
Orr Spivak, Ph.D., Avi Besser, Ph.D. and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D. (School of Social Work, Sapir Academic College, Israel and others)

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