I am the chosen one: Narcissism in the backdrop of self-determination theory
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sedikides, C. and Ntoumanis, N. and Sheldon, K. 2018. I am the chosen one: Narcissism in the backdrop of self-determination theory. Journal of Personality. 87 (1): pp. 70-81, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12402. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Objective: This theoretical article discusses the relevance of self-determination theory (SDT) for narcissism, a classic topic in self-theory. Method and Results: The trait of narcissism reflects a self-aggrandizing, dominant, and manipulative interpersonal orientation that feeds on exaggerated perceptions of agency, but not communion. The article embeds narcissism in the five mini-theories of SDT (organismic integration, causality orientations, basic needs, cognitive evaluation, and goal contents) and considers research directions that can explore synergies between key constructs from SDT and narcissism. Conclusions: SDT can serve as a foundation for a deeper understanding of narcissism. From the other end, narcissism can enrich SDT by explaining variations in motivational processes.
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