Title

Humor Style Mediates the Association Between Pathological Narcissism and Self-Esteem

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2011

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine whether humor styles mediated the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism (grandiose narcissism and vulnerable narcissism) and self-esteem in a sample of Israeli undergraduates (N = 200). Grandiose narcissism was positively associated with the use of adaptive humor (i.e., self-enhancing humor and affiliative humor), whereas vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with the use of adaptive humor and positively associated with the use of maladaptive humor (i.e., self-defeating humor and aggressive humor). These forms of humor were found to mediate the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism and self-esteem. Findings are discussed in terms of the role that humor may play in the self-esteem regulation of individuals with pathological narcissism. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

50

Issue

8

First Page

1196

Last Page

1201