The role of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism on mask wearing and vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic

Peter K. Hatemi, Zoltán Fazekas

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Abstract

In a large nationally representative study in the United States, we explored the role of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism on adhering to protective measures against COVID-19. Controlling for one’s politics, perception of risk, state policies, and important demographics, we find higher grandiose narcissism predicts less vaccination and less mask-wearing, but more telling other people to wear a mask, if one wears a mask. The individual facets of higher entitlement/exploitativeness predicted less mask-wearing and less vaccination while higher authority/leadership-seeking predicted telling others to wear a mask, but not getting vaccinated. Regarding vulnerable narcissism, higher self-centered/egocentrism predicted less mask-wearing or vaccination, while higher oversensitivity-to-judgement predicted more mask-wearing and vaccination. Our results are consistent with expectations that reflect narcissism’s multidimensionality, and present a nuanced picture of narcissism’s role in adhering to protective policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19185-19195
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume42
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology

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