سبک شوخ طبعی واسطه ارتباط بین خودشیفتگی بیمارگونه و عزت نفس
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|32234||2011||6 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4972 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 50, Issue 8, June 2011, Pages 1196–1201
The aim of the present study was to examine whether humor styles mediated the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism (grandiose narcissism and vulnerable narcissism) and self-esteem in a sample of Israeli undergraduates (N = 200). Grandiose narcissism was positively associated with the use of adaptive humor (i.e., self-enhancing humor and affiliative humor), whereas vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with the use of adaptive humor and positively associated with the use of maladaptive humor (i.e., self-defeating humor and aggressive humor). These forms of humor were found to mediate the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism and self-esteem. Findings are discussed in terms of the role that humor may play in the self-esteem regulation of individuals with pathological narcissism.
Narcissism is a complex and multifaceted construct that blends feelings of grandiosity with a heightened sensitivity to experiences that threaten their inflated feelings of self-worth (Morf & Rhodewalt, 2001). A number of studies have examined the link between narcissism and self-esteem and have shown that the correlation between the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI; Raskin and Hall, 1979, Raskin and Hall, 1981 and Raskin and Terry, 1988) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE; Rosenberg, 1965) is generally around 0.26 (see Brown and Zeigler-Hill (2004), for a review). This correlation is often significant but it is surprisingly low considering how easy it would be for narcissists to claim high levels of self-esteem on a direct self-report measure such as the RSE. The association between narcissism and self-esteem is further complicated by the fact that there is both a normal form of narcissism and a pathological form of narcissism ( Miller and Campbell, 2008 and Pincus et al., 2009). The normal form of narcissism has been the focus of social-personality psychologists who have conceptualized narcissism as a normally distributed personality feature that has adaptive properties (e.g., extraversion) as well as maladaptive properties (e.g., feelings of entitlement; see Miller and Campbell (2008) or Pincus and Lukowitsky (2010), for extended discussions). This form of narcissism is most often captured by the NPI. In contrast, clinical psychologists generally consider narcissism in terms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) which is associated with an array of maladaptive outcomes including arrogance, lack of empathy, a willingness to exploit others, and emotional instability. New assessment tools such as the Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI; Pincus et al., 2009) have been developed in recent years to measure the more pathological form of narcissism which is not adequately captured by the NPI. Although the pathological form of narcissism captured by the PNI is considered to be largely maladaptive, the PNI has been used successfully in both non-clinical and clinical samples to predict outcomes related to pathological narcissism (e.g., Pincus et al., 2009). Pathological narcissism consists of both a grandiose and a vulnerable form (Pincus & Lukowitsky, 2010). Grandiose narcissism is the most easily recognized form of pathological narcissism because its pattern of self-aggrandizement, exploitation, and exhibitionism is consistent with the diagnostic criteria for NPD (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). In contrast, the vulnerable form of pathological narcissism is characterized by poor self-regulation which results in self-criticism, negative affective experiences, and interpersonal problems. Although the NPI generally has a positive correlation with measures of self-esteem (e.g., Brown & Zeigler-Hill, 2004), the grandiose and vulnerable forms of pathological narcissism captured by the PNI have been found to have either no association (i.e., grandiose narcissism) or a negative association with self-esteem measures (i.e., vulnerable narcissism; Pincus et al., 2009). This pattern of results suggests that additional research is necessary to gain a better understanding of what factors may contribute to the feelings of self-worth expressed by individuals with pathological forms of narcissism. Given recent research concerning the role of humor in outcomes associated with pathological narcissism (Besser & Zeigler-Hill, submitted for publication), we were interested in examining whether humor styles mediated the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism and self-esteem. Our interest in humor stems from the identification of humor styles that may be either beneficial for well-being (i.e., adaptive humor) or detrimental to well-being (i.e., maladaptive humor; Martin, Puhlik-Doris, Larsen, Gray, & Weir, 2003). Four distinct humor styles have been identified with two of these styles being adaptive (i.e., affiliative humor and self-enhancing humor) and two styles being maladaptive (i.e., aggressive humor and self-defeating humor). Affiliativehumor refers to benign humor that is used to enhance relationships by saying funny things or engaging in witty banter to amuse others. Self-enhancinghumor concerns benign humor that is used to enhance the self through activities such as maintaining a humorous perspective in the face of adversity which may help with emotion regulation and coping. Aggressivehumor refers to injurious humor that is used to enhance the self by means such as sarcasm, teasing, or ridiculing others. Self-defeatinghumor is a form of injurious humor that is used to enhance relationships at cost to the self through acts such as self-disparagement. A rapidly growing body of research has shown that the adaptive and maladaptive styles of humor are differentially related to emotional and psychosocial well-being in the ways that would be expected. For example, adaptive humor is often associated with positive outcomes such as positive relationships with others, whereas maladaptive humor is generally associated with negative outcomes such as interpersonal conflict (see Martin (2007), for a review). Recent research suggests that feelings of self-worth influence how individuals use humor. For example, self-esteem has been found to be positively correlated with the adaptive styles of humor and negatively correlated with the maladaptive styles (Galloway, 2010). That is, individuals with high self-esteem tend to use adaptive forms of humor that serve affiliative or self-enhancing goals rather than those that are maladaptive. The pathological forms of narcissism have also been shown to be associated with particular humor styles. More specifically, Besser and Zeigler-Hill (submitted for publication) found that grandiose narcissism was positively associated with the use of adaptive humor whereas vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with the use of adaptive humor and positively associated with the use of maladaptive humor. This suggests that grandiose and vulnerable narcissists may use somewhat different styles of humor in their interactions with others. 1.1. Overview and predictions The goal of the present study was to expand what is currently known about the links between the forms of pathological narcissism and self-esteem by examining whether these associations are mediated by humor styles. That is, we believed that the humor styles adopted by individuals with high levels of grandiose or vulnerable narcissism may provide at least a partial explanation for their reported feelings of self-worth. Our hypothesis was that the use of adaptive and maladaptive humor styles – which have been shown to be associated with adjustment and interpersonal relationship functioning – may be one pathway by which pathological forms of narcissism may influence self-esteem level. More specifically, we believed that the use of adaptive humor styles which emphasize affiliation and self-enhancement would foster positive relationships with others and may indirectly serve self-esteem regulation goals (i.e., an individual may feel better about himself when he receives the respect and admiration of others; Leary & Baumeister, 2000). In contrast, we expected that the use of maladaptive humor may be detrimental to self-esteem because of the damage that it causes to interpersonal relationships (i.e., an individual may experience rejection after belittling others which may result in lowered self-esteem). The mediational roles that we propose for adaptive and maladaptive humor styles are consistent with the results of previous studies that have examined mediational hypotheses concerning humor styles (e.g., Dozois et al., 2009 and Kazarian et al., 2010).