Material Meaning

Narcissists Gain Existential Benefits From Extrinsic Goals

Andrew Abeyta, Clay Routledge, Constantine Sedikides

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The present research examined how narcissism is related to perceptions of meaning derived from distinct types of life goals, namely, extrinsic and intrinsic. Although in most cases extrinsic goals are inversely associated with well-being, we propose that narcissists’ pursuit of extrinsic goals (e.g., wealth, fame) is positively linked to meaning in life. In Study 1, higher levels of narcissism corresponded with viewing extrinsic goals as more meaningful. In Study 2, focusing participants on the extrinsic, relative to intrinsic, value of their goal pursuit increased meaning among narcissists. Taken together, narcissists derive meaning from extrinsic goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Narcissism
Research

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Cite this

@article{a0fc5d5e86624bfa9bd54146b31edaea,
title = "Material Meaning: Narcissists Gain Existential Benefits From Extrinsic Goals",
abstract = "The present research examined how narcissism is related to perceptions of meaning derived from distinct types of life goals, namely, extrinsic and intrinsic. Although in most cases extrinsic goals are inversely associated with well-being, we propose that narcissists’ pursuit of extrinsic goals (e.g., wealth, fame) is positively linked to meaning in life. In Study 1, higher levels of narcissism corresponded with viewing extrinsic goals as more meaningful. In Study 2, focusing participants on the extrinsic, relative to intrinsic, value of their goal pursuit increased meaning among narcissists. Taken together, narcissists derive meaning from extrinsic goals.",
author = "Andrew Abeyta and Clay Routledge and Constantine Sedikides",
year = "2017",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616667618",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "8",
pages = "219--228",
journal = "Social Psychological and Personality Science",
issn = "1948-5506",
publisher = "Sage Periodicals Press",
number = "2",

}

Material Meaning : Narcissists Gain Existential Benefits From Extrinsic Goals. / Abeyta, Andrew; Routledge, Clay; Sedikides, Constantine.

In: Social Psychological and Personality Science, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.03.2017, p. 219-228.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Material Meaning

T2 - Narcissists Gain Existential Benefits From Extrinsic Goals

AU - Abeyta, Andrew

AU - Routledge, Clay

AU - Sedikides, Constantine

PY - 2017/3/1

Y1 - 2017/3/1

N2 - The present research examined how narcissism is related to perceptions of meaning derived from distinct types of life goals, namely, extrinsic and intrinsic. Although in most cases extrinsic goals are inversely associated with well-being, we propose that narcissists’ pursuit of extrinsic goals (e.g., wealth, fame) is positively linked to meaning in life. In Study 1, higher levels of narcissism corresponded with viewing extrinsic goals as more meaningful. In Study 2, focusing participants on the extrinsic, relative to intrinsic, value of their goal pursuit increased meaning among narcissists. Taken together, narcissists derive meaning from extrinsic goals.

AB - The present research examined how narcissism is related to perceptions of meaning derived from distinct types of life goals, namely, extrinsic and intrinsic. Although in most cases extrinsic goals are inversely associated with well-being, we propose that narcissists’ pursuit of extrinsic goals (e.g., wealth, fame) is positively linked to meaning in life. In Study 1, higher levels of narcissism corresponded with viewing extrinsic goals as more meaningful. In Study 2, focusing participants on the extrinsic, relative to intrinsic, value of their goal pursuit increased meaning among narcissists. Taken together, narcissists derive meaning from extrinsic goals.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85014656206&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85014656206&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616667618

DO - https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616667618

M3 - Article

VL - 8

SP - 219

EP - 228

JO - Social Psychological and Personality Science

JF - Social Psychological and Personality Science

SN - 1948-5506

IS - 2

ER -