Unraveling the Paradoxes of Narcissism: A Dynamic Self-Regulatory Processing Model

  title={Unraveling the Paradoxes of Narcissism: A Dynamic Self-Regulatory Processing Model},
  author={Carolyn C. Morf and Frederick Rhodewalt},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={177 - 196}
We propose a dynamic self-regulatory processing model of narcissism and review supporting evidence. The model casts narcissism in terms of motivated self-construction, in that the narcissist's self is shaped by the dynamic interaction of cognitive and affective intrapersonal processes and interpersonal self-regulatory strategies that are played out in the social arena. A grandiose yet vulnerable self-concept appears to underlie the chronic goal of obtaining continuous external self-affirmation… 

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