Handbook of Trait Narcissism

Key Advances, Research Methods, and Controversies

  • Anthony D. Hermann
  • Amy B. Brunell
  • Joshua D. Foster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Definitional and Theoretical Perspectives on Narcissism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ashley A. Hansen-Brown
      Pages 27-35
    3. Eddie Brummelman, Çisem Gürel, Sander Thomaes, Constantine Sedikides
      Pages 47-55
    4. Jochen E. Gebauer, Constantine Sedikides
      Pages 69-77
    5. Sophie L. Kuchynka, Jennifer K. Bosson
      Pages 89-95
    6. Huajian Cai, Yu L. L. Luo
      Pages 97-104
    7. Miranda Giacomin, Christian H. Jordan
      Pages 105-111
  3. Assessment of Narcissism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Joshua D. Foster, Jennifer A. Brantley, Melissa L. Kern, Jan-Louw Kotze, Brett A. Slagel, Krisztina Szabo
      Pages 115-123
    3. Robert A. Ackerman, Conrad A. Corretti, Kevin J. Carson
      Pages 125-131
  4. Causes and Development of Narcissism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Sander Thomaes, Eddie Brummelman
      Pages 143-148
    3. Emily C. Bianchi
      Pages 157-163
    4. Nicholas S. Holtzman
      Pages 173-181
    5. Joshua B. Grubbs, Allison C. Riley
      Pages 183-191
  5. Intrapersonal Processes and Narcissism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Imani N. Turner, Gregory D. Webster
      Pages 195-203
    3. Lara L. Jones
      Pages 225-231
    4. Melissa T. Buelow, Amy B. Brunell
      Pages 233-242
    5. Ashton C. Southard, Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Jennifer K. Vrabel, Gillian A. McCabe
      Pages 243-253
    6. Anna Z. Czarna, Marcin Zajenkowski, Michael Dufner
      Pages 255-263
    7. William Hart, Gregory K. Tortoriello, Kyle Richardson
      Pages 283-290
    8. Constantine Sedikides, Claire M. Hart, Sylwia Z. Cisek
      Pages 291-298
    9. Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Gillian A. McCabe, Jennifer K. Vrabel, Christopher M. Raby, Sinead Cronin
      Pages 299-306
  6. Interpersonal Processes and Narcissism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Mitja D. Back, Albrecht C. P. Küfner, Marius Leckelt
      Pages 309-316
    3. Joshua D. Foster, Amy B. Brunell
      Pages 317-326
    4. James K. McNulty, Laura Widman
      Pages 327-333
    5. Claire M. Hart, Erica G. Hepper, Constantine Sedikides
      Pages 335-343
    6. Ulrike Maass, Caroline Wehner, Matthias Ziegler
      Pages 345-354
    7. Darren C. Neufeld, Edward A. Johnson
      Pages 363-370
    8. Sara Konrath, Yuan Tian
      Pages 371-378
    9. Anthony D. Hermann, Robert C. Fuller
      Pages 379-387
    10. Joshua B. Grubbs, Nicholas Stauner, Joshua A. Wilt, Julie J. Exline
      Pages 389-397
    11. Barbara Nevicka
      Pages 399-407
    12. Alex J. Benson, Christian H. Jordan
      Pages 409-414

About this book


This unique reference surveys current theoretical and empirical advances in understanding individual differences in narcissistic personality, as well as the latest perspectives on controversies in the field. Wide-ranging expert coverage examines the many manifestations of narcissism, including grandiose, vulnerable, communal, and collective varieties. Narcissism’s etiology, the role of social media culture in its maintenance and amplification, and the complex phenomena of narcissistic leadership, spirituality, friendship, and love are just a snapshot of topics that are examined. The book’s section on intrapersonal processes delves into how the narcissistic mind works, as well as how narcissists feel about themselves and their peers. It also investigates narcissists’ grasp of emotions. Chapters explore associated personality traits and numerous other important correlates of narcissistic personality. New approaches to research, assessment methods, and opportunities for intervention—both immediate and long-term, are discussed throughout. In addition, trait narcissism is examined in an even-handed manner that incorporates state-of-the-art research into antecedents and consequences (both good and bad) of narcissistic personality.

Among the topics in the Handbook:

  • What separates narcissism from self-esteem? A social-cognitive perspective.
  • The many measures of grandiose narcissism.
  • Parents’ socialization of narcissism in children.
  • What do narcissists know about themselves? Exploring the bright spots and blind spots of narcissists’ self-knowledge.
  • Understanding and mitigating narcissists’ low empathy.
  • Interpersonal functioning of narcissistic individuals and implications for treatment engagement.

Offering nuanced analysis of a particularly timely subject, The Handbook of Trait Narcissism is fascinating and informative reading for psychologists and psychology students, as well as scholars in anthropology, sociology, economics, political scientists, and more. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony D. Hermann
    • 1
  • Amy B. Brunell
    • 2
  • Joshua D. Foster
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBradley UniversityPeoriaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOhio State University at MansfieldMansfieldUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA

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