Narcissism and belief in the paranormal.

CA Roe, CL Morgan

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The present study was designed to determine whether the relationship between narcissistic personality and paranormal belief identified by Tobacyk and Mitchell (1987) could be replicated with a general population, and to see whether the effect could be found with a narrower definition of paranormal beliefs (Thalbourne and Delin, 1993) that focuses only on belief in psychic phenomena. Seventy-five participants completed the Narcissistic Personality Inventory and two measures of paranormal belief, the Paranormal Belief Scale and the Australian Sheep-Goat Scale. There was no relationship between narcissism and Paranormal Belief Scale scores, but narcissism and Australian Sheep-Goat Scale scores were significantly positively correlated. Of the three subscales to the Australian Sheep-Goat measure, scores for narcissism correlated with belief in ESP and PK but not in Life after death. These relationships were interpreted in terms of need for control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2002


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