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Inauthentic self-presentation on Facebook as a function of vulnerable narcissism and lower self-esteem


Grieve, RM and March, E and Watkinson, J, Inauthentic self-presentation on Facebook as a function of vulnerable narcissism and lower self-esteem, Computers in Human Behavior, 102 pp. 144-150. ISSN 0747-5632 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.chb.2019.08.020


This study was the first to delineate the role of grandiose narcissism and vulnerable narcissism, in addition to self-esteem and self-monitoring, in predicting authentic self-presentation on Facebook. Facebook users (N = 155) answered questions about their personality as well as the persona they present on Facebook, and Euclidean distances quantified the congruence between the two personas. Self-monitoring (ability to modify self-presentation) was included as a control variable in regression analysis. As hypothesised, grandiose narcissism predicted more congruent presentation between the true self and the Facebook self, while vulnerable narcissism predicted a greater difference between the two personas. In contrast to predictions, self-esteem was not associated with congruence between the two selves; however, a follow-up moderation analysis revealed a significant self-esteem vulnerable narcissism interaction. Specifically, for individuals with average and low levels of self-esteem, there is more incongruence between the true self and the Facebook self as a function of increased vulnerable narcissism. Given the psychological benefits associated with authentic self-presentation on Facebook, these findings inform understanding of the negative affective processes of vulnerable narcissists and their self-presentation on this popular social networking medium.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Facebook, grandiose narcissism, self-esteem, self-monitoring, self-presentation, vulnerable narcissism
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Human-centred computing
Research Field:Accessible computing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Grieve, RM (Dr Rachel Grieve)
UTAS Author:Watkinson, J (Miss Jarrah Watkinson)
ID Code:151717
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2022-08-03
Last Modified:2022-09-16

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