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Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Satisfaction in Men: The Role of Sexual Self-Esteem

Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Received: 18 November 2020 / Revised: 14 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 5 January 2021
Research on pathological narcissistic traits and sexuality are mainly focused on the dysfunctional aspects of sexuality. The present study aims to explore the relationship between narcissistic traits and sexual satisfaction in men, testing whether sexual self-esteem mediates this association. Participants included 212 men who completed measures of grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic traits, sexual self-esteem, and sexual satisfaction. Results highlight how vulnerable narcissistic traits are negatively associated with sexual satisfaction. This association is fully mediated by sexual self-esteem. On the contrary, grandiose narcissistic traits are not directly associated with sexual satisfaction, but with sexual self-esteem only, which explains the indirect effect of grandiose traits on sexual satisfaction. In conclusion, sexual self-esteem in personality configurations with high pathological narcissistic traits accounts for the relationship between narcissistic traits and sexual satisfaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: narcissistic personality traits; sexual satisfaction; vulnerable narcissism; grandiose narcissism; sexuality narcissistic personality traits; sexual satisfaction; vulnerable narcissism; grandiose narcissism; sexuality
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Anzani, A.; Di Sarno, M.; Di Pierro, R.; Prunas, A. Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Satisfaction in Men: The Role of Sexual Self-Esteem. Sexes 2021, 2, 17-25. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2010002

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Anzani A, Di Sarno M, Di Pierro R, Prunas A. Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Satisfaction in Men: The Role of Sexual Self-Esteem. Sexes. 2021; 2(1):17-25. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2010002

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Anzani, Annalisa, Marco Di Sarno, Rossella Di Pierro, and Antonio Prunas. 2021. "Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Satisfaction in Men: The Role of Sexual Self-Esteem" Sexes 2, no. 1: 17-25. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2010002

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