Narcissism in romantic relationships: A dyadic perspective

Peggy S. Keller, Sarai Blincoe, Lauren R. Gilbert, C. Nathan Dewall, Eric A. Haak, Thomas Widiger

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Previous literature has associated narcissism with interpersonal difficulties. However,there is a lack of studies investigating the impact of narcissism within romantic dyads. The current study extended the literature by examining relations between narcissism and conflict behaviors in both members of a romantic dyad. Participants in the study were 190 college-student couples, who completed questionnaire measures of their narcissism, conflict within their relationship, and a behavioral measure of aggression toward their partners. The results indicated a tendency towards homogamy for narcissism. A person's narcissism was related to their use of aggression and the partner's use of aggression. Several interactions between male and female narcissism were observed. For total NPI scores, the combination of high male and female narcissism was related to greater aggression. Grandiose Exhibitionism was only related to aggressive behavior when partner Grandiose Exhibitionism was lower; when partner Grandiose Exhibitionism was higher, aggressive behavior was generally higher regardless of a person's own Grandiose Exhibitionism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-50
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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