Heroic self (HERS) is a newly identified personality trait that embodies the selfperception of being a hero. HERS is comprised of three dimensions: self-as-conqueror (SaC), self-as-savior (SaS), and heroic identification (HI). A link between HI and features of narcissistic personality disorder has recently been revealed (Shahar, 2013). In this study, we confirmed the existence of this link and expanded our understanding of the subject by examining the associations between the three dimensions of HERS (SaC, SaS, and HI) and scores on two measures of narcissistic pathology (as opposed to personality disorder features), the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI; Raskin & Hall, 1979) and the Pathological Narcissistic Inventory (PNI; Pincus et al., 2009). The HERS dimensions were found to be correlated with scores on both measures of narcissistic pathology.Importantly, HI as the only dimension associated with PNI scores [PNI-grandiosity: Adjusted R2 = .45, F(3,78) = 23.39, p .001; PNI-vulnerability: adjusted R2 = .33, F(3,78) = 14.75, p .001]. These findings are interpreted through the lens of Kohut's psychoanalytic self-psychology theory, suggesting that HI is a trauma-based defensive structure that plays a role in pathological narcissism.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of the Psychology of Narcissism|
|Subtitle of host publication||Diverse Perspectives|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (all)