Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

The present research examined the relationships among self-esteem level, temporal self-esteem instability, gender, and self-reported aggression. Self-esteem level was negatively related to attitudinal aggression, although this relationship varied as a joint function of self-esteem instability and gender. It was strongest among men with unstable self-esteem and among women with stable self-esteem. Although self-esteem instability and narcissism (Study 3) were each positively related to behavioral aggression, the relationship between narcissism and attitudinal aggression varied as a function of self-esteem instability. The relationship between narcissism and attitudinal aggression was positive among people with stable self-esteem, but negative among people with unstable self-esteem, regardless of gender. The importance of considering gender, self-esteem instability, and narcissism in the self-esteem/aggression debate is discussed.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Self and Identity

Volume

6

Issue

1

First Page

74

Last Page

94

ISSN

1529-8868

Identifier

10.1080/15298860600920488

Publisher

Psychology Press

Included in

Business Commons

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