Colloquia - "Pathological Narcissism: Individual Differences and Within-Person Processes"

Aidan G.C. Wright, Ph.D. Department of Psychology University of Pittsburgh

ABSTRACT: Narcissism is one of the oldest constructs in clinical psychology/psychiatry. It’s longevity might be attributable to its broad and intuitive appeal as a concept. At the same time, there are counterintuitive aspects to ints clinical definition that have made systematic scientific inquiry difficult. In this talk, I will discuss the current state of the science on pathological narcissism as a clinical construct, and highlight ongoing efforts that seek to understand its mechanisms, particularly as it manifests in social situations in daily life.