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Authentic and Hubristic Pride: The Affective Core of Self-esteem and Narcissism


Do individuals with high self-esteem enjoy positive interpersonal relationships, or are
they aggressive and antisocial? Does narcissism reflect an abundance of self-worth,
or inflated self-views driven by an overcompensation for low self-esteem? The present
research addresses the apparently two-sided nature of self-esteem and narcissism by
distinguishing between two distinct self-regulatory processes (narcissistic selfaggrandizement
and genuine self-esteem), and proposing that two distinct facets of
pride—authentic and hubristic—form the affective core of each. Specifically,
findings demonstrate that when narcissistic and genuine self-esteem are empirically
distinguished, genuine self-esteem (along with authentic pride) is positively related
to successful social relationships and mental health, whereas narcissistic selfaggrandizement
(along with hubristic pride) is positively related to aggression and
other antisocial behaviors.
Dr. Kali Trzesniewski,
Oct 20, 2011, 10:07 AM