Agentic and communal narcissism and satisfaction with life: The mediating role of psychological entitlement and self-esteem

Int J Psychol. 2017 Oct;52(5):420-424. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12245. Epub 2015 Dec 22.


This study examined the mediational role of self-esteem (as an enhancement) and psychological entitlement (as a cost) in the relationship between an agentic-communal model of grandiose narcissism and satisfaction with life. Two hundred and forty-eight university undergraduate students completed measures of agentic and communal narcissism, self-esteem, psychological entitlement and satisfaction with life. The findings suggest that there is support for the usefulness of the agentic-communal model of narcissism, and, consistent with predictions in the wider literature, self-esteem and psychological entitlement mediated the relationship between agentic-communal narcissism and life satisfaction.

Keywords: Agentic and communal narcissism; Psychological entitlement; Satisfaction with life; Self-esteem.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Narcissism*
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Self Concept
  • Young Adult