Narcissism and Bullying
AuthorFanti, Kostas A.
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place of publicationCham
SourceHandbook of Trait Narcissism: Key Advances, Research Methods, and Controversies
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Narcissistic traits can be identified as early as childhood and tend to increase during adolescence, and as such can impact one’s behavior throughout development. Narcissism has been associated with aggressive and externalizing behaviors, although the association between narcissism with bullying has not been thoroughly investigated. However, this association might be of great importance, since highly narcissistic individuals might use bullying to acquire social status. Although the literature is not extensive, the studies reviewed in the current chapter support the link between narcissistic traits and the expression of bullying behavior. Results are also discussed in terms of distinct associations with direct or relational aggression, as well as school and cyberbullying. The potential association between narcissistic traits with victimization is also explored. In addition, we pay particular attention at the interaction between self-esteem and narcissism in relation to bullying behavior and victimization. Finally, the chapter attempts to inform prevention and intervention efforts.