Pathological Narcissism and Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder among Psychiatric Outpatients: The Mediating Role of Impaired Emotional Processing

David Kealy, Olivier Laverdière, Aaron L. Pincus

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Abstract

Research is scarce regarding the mechanisms by which pathological narcissism - consisting of narcissistic grandiosity and vulnerability - is linked with depression. The present study examined whether impaired emotional processing would mediate relations between pathological narcissism domains and depressive symptoms in a sample of 99 psychiatric outpatients. A significant indirect effect was found for narcissistic vulnerability on depressive symptoms, through unprocessed emotion as a mediator. Findings suggest that narcissistic vulnerability contributes to persistent and intrusive negative feelings, which in turn contribute to depressive symptom severity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume208
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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