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Trait Narcissism and Contemporary Religious Trends

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In a large sample of adult Americans, we examined trait narcissism among those who identify as nonreligious, traditionally religious, or “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). Our study reveals that: 1) those who identify as traditionally religious and those who identify as SBNR exhibit fairly similar levels of narcissism; 2) contrary to conventional wisdom, nonreligious Americans are lower in narcissism than religious/spiritual Americans (with nonreligious individuals particularly lower in the NPI subscales of self-absorption/self-admiration); and 3) higher levels of church attendance are not associated with lower NPI scores, though higher levels of church attendance are associated with higher NPI scores in SBNR individuals.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, Bradley University 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, il 61625 ahermann@bradley.edu ; 2: Department of Religious Studies, Bradley University 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, il 61625 rcf@bradley.edu

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