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Narcissism and social motives: Successful pursuit of egosystem goals boosts narcissism

Self and Identity. 2020. Vol. 19. No. 7. P. 841-862.
Sheldon K. M., Sedikides C., Ntoumanis N., Corcoran M., Titova L.

We investigated the links between grandiose narcissism (agentic
and communal) and social motives (social egosystem vs. social
ecosystem). In Study 1, agentic narcissism was positively associated
with egosystem (self-serving) motives, and was negatively associated with ecosystem (prosocial) motives, as assessed by explicit
and more behavioral means. The pattern for communal narcissism
was more complex, depending on mode of assessment. Striving for
egosystem (vs. ecosystem) goals interacted with longitudinal goalattainment to predict increases in agentic narcissism over 30 days.
Study 2 replicated this interaction pattern in a longitudinal experiment, which randomly assigned participants to pursue either egosystem or ecosystem goals during one semester. We conclude that
grandiose narcissism is associated with social goals that can maintain or even further augment narcissism.