Narcissistic illusions : an empirical typology

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dc.contributor.advisor Lapsley, Daniel K. en_US Kenny, Michael en_US 2011-06-03T19:27:39Z 2011-06-03T19:27:39Z 2001 en_US 2001
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2001 .K46 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to examine whether a typology of narcissism can be identified through various statistical analyses, specifically cluster analysis. Furthermore, this study attempted to further delineate whether claims of a dual nature of narcissism are well founded and to examine the mental health implications of "positive illusions." Subjects were 251 college students at a large Midwest University. The mean age of the participants was 21 years. Self-report measures of narcissism, positive illusions, and mental health were administered in counterbalanced order. Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis and cluster analysis to examine the relationship between narcissism, positive illusions and mental health. A moderate amount of narcissism was positively related to mental health and adjustment. Furthermore, participants high and low in narcissism correlated with poorer mental health and adjustment. Positive illusions were related to mental health, except for in groups high in narcissism. Indeed, there appears to be an optimal level of illusions, which are beneficial for mental health. The relationship between narcissism and positive illusions should continue to be explored. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent vii, 97 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Narcissism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Delusions. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Self-perception. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Illusion (Philosophy) en_US
dc.title Narcissistic illusions : an empirical typology en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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