Depressive symptoms induce paranoid symptoms in narcissistic personalities (but not narcissistic symptoms in paranoid personalities)

Thomas E. Joiner, Scharles Petty, Marisol Perez, Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, M. David Rudd

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Abstract

Based on clinical experience, anecdotal reports, and past empirical and conceptual work, we predicted that when people with narcissistic tendencies experience depressive symptoms, they are prone to develop paranoid attitudes. Moreover, we expected that this process was unidirectional, and that the combination of paranoid tendencies and depressive symptoms would not be associated with an increase in narcissistic symptoms. In both cases, results from our 6-month longitudinal study of 71 previously suicidal adults conformed to our expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume159
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Personality disorder symptoms
  • Threatened egotism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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