Thinking structurally about narcissism: An examination of the five-factor narcissism inventory and its components

Joshua D. Miller, Donald R. Lynam, Jessica L. McCain, Lauren R. Few, Cristina Crego, Thomas A. Widiger, W. Keith Campbell

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Abstract

The Five-Factor Narcissism Inventory (FFNI) is a self-report measure of the traits linked to grandiose and vulnerable narcissism, as well as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), from a five-factor model perspective (FFM). In the current studies, the factor structure of the FFNI was explored and the results supported the extraction of three factors: Antagonism (e.g., Arrogance), Neuroticism (e.g., Need for Admiration), and Agentic Extraversion (e.g., Authoritativeness). In Study 2, the FFNI factors manifested convergent validity with their corresponding Big Five domains and diverging relations with measures of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism, NPD, and selfesteem. Ultimately, the FFNI factors help explicate the differences between various expressions of narcissism such that all are related to Antagonism but differ with regard to Neuroticism (relevant to vulnerable narcissism and NPD) and Agentic Extraversion (relevant to grandiose narcissism and NPD). The results also highlight the complex relation between self-esteem and the traits that comprise narcissism measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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