Narcissism and Negotiation: Economic Gain and Interpersonal Loss

Sun W. Park, Joseph Ferrero, C. Randall Colvin, Dana R. Carney

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Successful negotiation involves satisfying two seemingly contradictory goals: maximizing personal gain while forming a positive interpersonal relationship with negotiation counterparts. We hypothesized that individuals high on narcissism would gain economically but loose interpersonally in a negotiation. Seventy MBA students engaged in a negotiation simulation, completed a measure of narcissism, reported their emotional states, evaluated their negotiation counterparts' emotional states, and evaluated how much they trusted and liked their counterparts. Consistent with the hypothesis, results revealed that in negotiations, narcissistic personality characteristics can lead to economic gain but are accompanied by interpersonal loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-574
Number of pages6
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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