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Escaping Scylla and Charybdis

18 September 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS Members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Registration deadline 16 September 2019

How Narcissism Can Help to Overcome Simplistic Dichotomies between Good and Evil Personalities Contributing to Wellbeing and Performance

This Psychology Week event is supported by the School of Psychology Queen's University Belfast.


Room DKB OG 012
Stranmillis Road Entrance
Keir Building Queen’s University Belfast
Event Location: 

17:30 Arrival, tea & coffee
18:00 Lecture
19:00 Close

In the past decades societies have immortalised individualism and the value of personal achievement. Yet, societies and individuals frown upon personality characteristics that promote self-interest such as narcissism. For example, what would you think if someone calls you Narcissist? You may want to consider responding “Yes I am!” Subclinical narcissism is part of the dark triad of personality that also includes the traits of subclinical psychopathy and Machiavellianism. Narcissism is characterized by facets such as grandiosity, entitlement, dominance, and superiority.  Previous studies suggested that narcissism might be unique among the dark triad in that, it encapsulates to a larger extent (in comparison to psychopathy and Machiavellianism), prosocial and adaptive behaviours. I will present a series of studies to show that narcissism may increase mental toughness resulting in: (1) lower psychopathy and Machiavellianism; (2) lower perceived stress and symptoms of depression; (3) higher school achievement. Finally, I will present findings using a new analytic technique (network analyses) suggesting that narcissism may be a “bridge” between the prosocial and the dark side of human personality. Overall, this line of research suggests that personality traits, similarly to all other products of evolution, are neither bad nor good: instead they should be perceived as adaptive or maladaptive depending on the context under investigation.

Dr Kostas Papageorgiu, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou is a Lecturer  at Queen’s University Belfast, the Director of the InteRRaCt Lab and an Associate Professor in Personality Psychology at Tomsk State University in Russia. Kostas’ current research explores the impact of dark personality characteristics on various outcomes including psychopathology and academic performance. Of particular interest is the trait of narcissism as it shows potential to facilitate our understanding of how extreme aspects of personality are linked and predict various outcomes across contexts.  

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