The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium
Aidan Wright, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
for a public lecture entitled
Contemporary Reflections on the Science of Narcissism
Thursday, February 11, 2021
1:10 - 2:25 via Zoom (ID: 832 634 7213)
Narcissism is one of the oldest concepts in psychiatry and, despite being a clinical concept, it has garnered intense lay interest. This broad interest reflects, in part, the significant and potentially serious social consequences associated with narcissism. In the latter part of the last century, the scientific study of narcissism ballooned. However, in the process, the accumulating body of research has raised questions about the definition of narcissism. Specifically, whether narcissism is only about grandiosity (e.g., entitlement, arrogance, egocentrism) or whether there is a vulnerable (e.g., contingent self-esteem, defensive withdrawal, shame proneness) at its core. In this talk, I will discuss a program of research that examines the processes associated with narcissism in the naturalistic settings of people’s daily lives. I will present results from a series of studies that highlight the interplay between grandiosity and vulnerability, but also the difficulty of studying the mechanisms underlying complex constructs.