A compensatory model to understand dysfunctional personality traits in problematic gaming: The role of vulnerable narcissism

Maria Di Blasi, Cecilia Giordano, Gianluca Lo Coco, Joel Billieux, Adriano Schimmenti, Alessandro Giardina

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Abstract

According to a “compensatory perspective”, this study aimed to examine the role of narcissism (both vulnerable and grandiose) in the relationship between emotion dysregulation, escapism motivation to play, and problematic gaming. In a sample of 405 World of Warcraft players, we tested a multiple mediation model in which the relationship between vulnerable/grandiose narcissism and problematic gaming was mediated by emotion dysregulation and escapism. Results showed that the model for vulnerable (but not grandiose) narcissism fitted the data very well. This study adds novel insight to our understanding of the mechanisms that support problematic gaming, suggesting that the emotion dysregulation-escapism connection can be boosted by the presence of vulnerable narcissistic traits. Consequently, clinicians should consider the relevance of vulnerable narcissisticpersonality traits in persons who display a problematic engagement with massively multiplayer online roleplaying games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume160
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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  • Psychology(all)

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