Differentiating community dwellers at risk for Pathological Narcissism from community dwellers at risk for psychopathy using measures of emotion recognition and subjective emotional activation

Andrea Fossati, Antonella Somma, Aaron Pincus, Serena Borroni, Emily A. Dowgwillo

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Abstract

The Italian translations of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI) and Triarchic Psychopathy Measure (TriPM) were administered to 609 community dwelling adults. Participants who scored in the upper 10% of the distribution of the PNI total score were assigned to the group of participants at risk for pathological narcissism, whereas participants who scored in the upper 10% of the distribution of the TriPM total score were assigned to the group of participants at risk for psychopathy. The final sample included 126 participants who were administered the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET) and emotion-eliciting movie clips. Participants at risk for pathological narcissism scored significantly lower on the RMET total score than participants who were not at risk for pathological narcissism. Participants at risk for psychopathy showed a significant reduction in the subjective experience of disgust, fear, sadness, and tenderness compared to participants who were not at risk for psychopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-345
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of personality disorders
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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