Narcissism and the Big Five/HEXACO Models of Personality

  • Beth A. VisserEmail author


Personality psychologists have typically characterized narcissism as grandiose narcissism, resulting in a substantial literature showing narcissism’s associations with high Extraversion and low Neuroticism and Agreeableness within the Big Five/Five-Factor Model of personality. To some extent, these personality correlates imply that narcissism is a relatively healthy if disagreeable personality variable. Using the six-factor HEXACO model of personality, it is clearer that narcissism belongs in the “dark triad” cluster of socially aversive personality traits, in that it is also characterized by low levels of Honesty-Humility. In this chapter, issues around the conceptualization and measurement of both narcissism and personality are discussed, including the lack of research on vulnerable narcissism within the HEXACO personality framework.


Big Five Five-Factor Model HEXACO model Extraversion Neuroticism Agreeableness Honesty-Humility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lakehead UniversityOrilliaCanada

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