July 26, 2016 12:50 - 14:20

Narcissism and Moral Decision-Making in Context with Social Evaluations

[Speaker] He, Ning:1
[Co-author] Lu, Yao:1, Li, Yihang:1
1:Shaanxi Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

3 studies were applied to examining the relationship between narcissism and moral decision-making in social context. In study 1, participants with high or low narcissism were asked to make decisions on Moral Dilemma Tasks. Results showed that narcissists tended to choose utilitarian options while nonnarcissists preferred intuitive ones. Based on Dual-processing Model, the findings of study 2 indicated that narcissists were inclined to be utilitarian regardless of time pressure(high/low), while nonnarcissists' intuitive tendency under high time pressure would convert to utilitarianism with the passage of time, which suggests divergent cognitive/emotional pathways for the two groups. In Study 3, social evaluation (positive/negative) was found to be moderator for narcissists' decision-making. Their utilitarian orientation diminished when facing the negative feedback from the surroundings with nonnarcissisits unaffected in either situations, which confirms that the affection and motivation is ultimately the essense of narcissism. Implications for future studies was addressed in fields of interest.
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