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Narcissism refers to a personality factor that occurs on a nonclinical level. Generally, personality factors can be understood as characteristics that are distinctive between individuals and relatively stable over time. These characteristics influence a person’s way of thinking, feeling, and acting. Narcissism as a personality factor occurs to some degree in every person. In this entry, narcissism is described, followed by a summary of research investigating the role narcissism plays in areas related to surveillance, security, and privacy.

Narcissistic Personality

The most comprehensive model that describes the narcissistic personality and explains its influence on thinking, feeling, and behavior is the dynamic self-regulatory model of Carolyn Morf and Frederick Rhodewalt. In this model, a grandiose yet vulnerable self-concept constitutes the basis of the narcissistic personality. Thus, people with ...

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