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dc.contributor.authorPoless, Pauline Georgees
dc.contributor.authorTorstveit, Linda
dc.contributor.authorLugo, Ricardo
dc.contributor.authorAndreassen, Marita
dc.contributor.authorSütterlin, Stefan
dc.PublishedPoless PG, Torstveit L, Lugo R, Andreassen M, Sütterlin S. Guilt and Proneness to Shame: Unethical Behaviour in Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissism. Europe's Journal of Psychology. 2018;14(1):28-43eng
dc.description.abstractNarcissists are described as individuals with dysfunctional personality traits such as lack of psychological awareness and empathy. Theories of ethical behaviour assume that unethical actions trigger moral emotions of guilt and shame. Currently, there is a lack of knowledge on moral emotions as dispositional traits and their potential influences on behaviour in individuals with narcissistic traits. The present study examined vulnerable and grandiose narcissism’s differences in the propensity to experience guilt and shame as a proneness, across a range of personal transgressions. Guilt proneness was measured by negative evaluation of unethical behaviour, and whether this evaluation could influence reparation of tendencies of unethical action in vulnerable and grandiose narcissism. Shame proneness was investigated by negative evaluation of the self, and then whether the previous tendency could affect unethical decision making and behaviour (e.g., hiding), in vulnerable and grandiose narcissism. Two hundred and sixteen participants responded to the Guilt and Shame Proneness Scale, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory Scale and the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale in an online questionnaire. Findings indicate that grandiose narcissism was negatively associated with guilt proneness, and the relation between the vulnerable narcissism and guilt proneness was negative. Additionally, the results confirm a negative association between grandiose narcissism and shame proneness, especially related to the subscale ‘shame negative self-evaluation’. Furthermore, guilt and shame proneness explained 20% of the variance in vulnerable narcissism and 11% in grandiose narcissism. This research indicates that both vulnerable and grandiose narcissism have the tendency to make unethical decisions, and they are more likely to enact in unethical behaviour. These findings are relevant for the detection of narcissistic individual’s propensity to act unethically in social context.en_US
dc.publisherPsychOpen GOLDeng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BYeng
dc.subjectshame and guilt proneness in narcissismeng
dc.subjectvulnerable narcissismeng
dc.subjectgrandiose narcissismeng
dc.subjectunethical decision making in narcissismeng
dc.subjectunethical behavioureng
dc.titleGuilt and Proneness to Shame: Unethical Behaviour in Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissismeng
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2018 The Author(s)eng
dc.source.journalEurope's Journal of Psychology

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