Title

Narcissism and Recollections of Early Life Experiences

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2011

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Recent studies have found associations between narcissistic personality features and retrospective accounts of early experiences. The current study sought to extend these previous findings by examining whether adaptive and maladaptive features of narcissism were associated with recollections of early life experiences in a non-clinical sample of undergraduate students (N = 334). Results revealed that the Entitlement/Exploitativeness feature of narcissism was associated with low security, high parental discipline, and high threats of separation. Narcissistic Grandiosity was positively associated with peer affectional support and parental discipline, whereas Narcissistic Vulnerability was not uniquely associated with memories of early life experiences. The results provide partial support for models of narcissism in which parents are recalled as failing to provide a secure base while inducing threats of separation and discipline. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

51

Issue

8

First Page

935

Last Page

939