Narcissism, social anxiety and self-presentation in exercise.

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Akehurst, Sally and Thatcher, Joanne 2010. Narcissism, social anxiety and self-presentation in exercise. Personality and Individual Differences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.03.021
AuthorsAkehurst, Sally and Thatcher, Joanne
Abstract

In an exercise setting where impression motivation might be high but self-presentation efficacy low, social anxiety is likely to occur (Schlenker & Leary, 1982). Narcissism is, however, associated with low anxiety, high confidence, and a keenness for social evaluation (Wallace, Baumeister, & Vohs, 2005) and therefore may protect exercisers from social anxiety. One hundred and sixty undergraduates (88 males and 72 females; Mage = 20.45 years, SD = 2.49 years) completed measures of narcissism, social anxiety, and self-presentation in exercise. In females, narcissism moderated the impression motivation/construction– social anxiety relationships. Findings extend our understanding of the self-presentational processes involved in exercise and, specifically, how narcissism protects individuals from experiencing high social anxiety.

In an exercise setting where impression motivation might be high but self-presentation efficacy low,
social anxiety is likely to occur (Schlenker & Leary, 1982). Narcissism is, however, associated with low
anxiety, high confidence, and a keenness for social evaluation (Wallace, Baumeister, & Vohs, 2005) and
therefore may protect exercisers from social anxiety. One hundred and sixty undergraduates (88 males
and 72 females; Mage = 20.45 years, SD = 2.49 years) completed measures of narcissism, social anxiety,
and self-presentation in exercise. In females, narcissism moderated the impression motivation/construction–
social anxiety relationships. Findings extend our understanding of the self-presentational processes
involved in exercise and, specifically, how narcissism protects individuals from experiencing high social
anxiety.

KeywordsNarcissism; Social Anxiety; Self-presentation; Exercise
Year2010
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
PublisherElsevier
ISSN01918869
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.03.021
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622282
hdl:10545/622282
Publication dates10 Apr 2010
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