The Role of Grandiose and Vulnerable Narcissism on Mask Wearing and Vaccination during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Peter K. Hatemi*, Zoltán Fazekas

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In a large nationally representative study in the United States, we explored the role of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism on adhering to protective measures against COVID-19. Controlling for one’s politics, perception of risk, state policies, and important demographics, we find higher grandiose narcissism predicts less vaccination and less mask-wearing, but more telling other people to wear a mask, if one wears a mask. The individual facets of higher entitlement/exploitativeness predicted less mask-wearing and less vaccination while higher authority/leadership-seeking predicted telling others to wear a mask, but not getting vaccinated. Regarding vulnerable narcissism, higher self-centered/egocentrism predicted less mask-wearing or vaccination, while higher oversensitivity-to-judgement predicted more mask-wearing and vaccination. Our results are consistent with expectations that reflect narcissism’s multidimensionality, and present a nuanced picture of narcissism’s role in adhering to protective policies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number22
Pages (from-to)19185-19195
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Bibliographical note

Published online: 14 April 2022.


  • Narcissism
  • Covid-19
  • Public goods
  • Grandiose
  • NPI
  • Vulnerable
  • HSNS

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