Is narcissistic anger fueled by neuroticism? the relationship between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism, neuroticism, and trait anger

  • Oliwia Maciantowicz
  • Marcin ZajenkowskiEmail author


The aim of the present investigation was deeper understanding of the distinction between two types of narcissism (grandiose and vulnerable) in their relation to dispositional anger. Prior research indicated that vulnerable narcissism is associated with higher level of dispositional anger in comparison to grandiose narcissism. Furthermore, vulnerable narcissism was shown to correlate with neuroticism to a large extent. Thus, we expected that the magnitudes of correlation between vulnerable narcissism and anger will be higher than between grandiose narcissism and anger. Moreover, we hypothesized that neuroticism would mediate the relation between vulnerable narcissism and anger. In the current study we examined the relationship between two types of narcissism, neuroticism, and various aspects of dispositional anger in four independent samples (ns = 121–233). The obtained results confirmed our expectations. Vulnerable narcissism association with anger was more pronounced than the correlation of anger with grandiose narcissism. Additionally, we found that neuroticism mediated the vulnerable narcissism – anger link.


Anger Grandiose narcissism Narcissism Neuroticism Vulnerable narcissism 



This work was funded by National Science Centre in Poland (grant number 2016/23/N/HS6/02928).

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Human Participants and Animal Studies

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there are no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of WarsawWarszawaPoland

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