Unraveling the link between narcissism and psychological health : New evidence from coping flexibility

Henry K.S. NG*, Yu Hin Ray CHEUNG, Kim Pong TAM

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

26 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Coping flexibility is a strong predictor of psychological health. This study examined how it explains the relationship between narcissistic subtypes and psychological health. Grandiose narcissism predicted higher life satisfaction and lower perceived stress, while vulnerable narcissism showed the opposite pattern. These relationships were mediated by coping flexibility. Moreover, the indirect effects on perceived stress remained significant even with self-esteem controlled. The findings show that, apart from holding positive self-views, grandiose narcissists are also flexible in coping with stress, which make them psychologically healthier than vulnerable narcissists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume70
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coping flexibility
  • Grandiose narcissism
  • Psychological health
  • Stress
  • Vulnerable narcissism

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