Psychological Studies

, 56:368 | Cite as

Grandiose Fantasies and Low Self-Esteem: An Experimental Study

  • Giovanni Maria Ruggiero
  • Guido VeroneseEmail author
  • Marco Castiglioni
  • Sandra Sassaroli
Research in Progress


Grandiose states of mind could be an ineffective way to cope with low self-esteem. In fact, it is possible that grandiose fantasies would tend to induce doubts about personal worth and decrease self-esteem. This study explored whether grandiose fantasies help to cope with low self-esteem. The self-reported occurrence and unpleasantness of intrusive thoughts regarding the sense of exclusion, humiliation, and low self-esteem in non-clinical individuals were assessed during self-induced grandiose fantasies and self-induced relaxation. The occurrence and unpleasantness of low self-esteem intrusions were significantly higher during grandiose fantasies, suggesting that grandiose fantasy is ineffective at combating low self-esteem.


Grandiose fantasy Intrusive thought Narcissism Self-esteem 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Maria Ruggiero
    • 1
  • Guido Veronese
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marco Castiglioni
    • 2
  • Sandra Sassaroli
    • 3
  1. 1.“Psicoterapia cognitiva e ricerca” Cognitive psychotherapy school and research centerMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “R. Massa”Università Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.“Studi Cognitivi” Cognitive psychotherapy school and research centerMilanoItaly

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