Extremes of self esteem and narcissism and the experience and expression of anger and aggression

B Papps, Ronan Edward O'Carroll

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This study examined the level of self-esteem and narcissism as personality variables involved in the disposition to experience and express anger. Three hundred thirty-eight subjects were sampled across two higher education centres and one student teaching programme in the United Kingdom, It was reasoned that individuals with both high self-esteem and narcissism would report especially high tendencies to experience and express anger and aggression and that those with high self-esteem and low narcissism would report the lowest, These predictions were influenced by theories that emphasise the role of threats to high self-esteem in the production of aggression and violence. Results indicate that groups defined by their extreme scores on self-esteem and narcissism scales produced levels of anger expression in the predicted direction, The importance of considering extreme levels of self-esteem and narcissism (in conjunction with other factors) in an analysis of anger is discussed with reference to currently influential theories in the field. (C) 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • self-esteem
  • narcissism
  • aggression
  • anger
  • MEN


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