On the popularity of agentic and communal narcissists: The tit-for-tat hypothesis

Rentzsch, Katrin ; Gebauer, Jochen E.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167218824359
URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/01461...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329268219...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin : PSPB
Volume: 45
Issue number: 9
Page range: 1365-1377
Place of publication: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publishing house: Sage Publ.
ISSN: 0146-1672 , 1552-7433
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Among well-acquainted people, those high on agentic narcissism are less popular than those low on agentic narcissism. That popularity-difference figures prominently in the narcissism literature. But why are agentic narcissists less popular? We propose a novel answer―the tit-for-tat hypothesis. It states that agentic narcissists like other people less than non-narcissists do and that others reciprocate by liking agentic narcissists less in return. We also examine whether the tit-for-tat hypothesis generalizes to communal narcissism. A large round-robin study (N = 474) assessed agentic and communal narcissism (Wave 1) and included two round-robin waves (Waves 2-3). The round-robin waves assessed participants’ liking for all round-robin group members (2,488 informant-reports). The tit-for-tat hypothesis applied to agentic narcissists. It also applied to communal narcissists, albeit in a different way. Compared with non-narcissists, communal narcissists liked other people more and―in return―those others liked communal narcissists more. Our results elaborate on and qualify the thriving literature on narcissists’ popularity.

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