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The Relationship between Covert Narcissism and Social Anxiety: The Mediating Effect of Rejection Sensitivity and Moderated Mediating Effect of Mindfulness

  • Clinical Psychology in Korea: Research and Practice
  • 2020, 6(3), pp.207-227
  • DOI : 10.15842/cprp.2020.6.3.207
  • Publisher : Korean Clinical Psychology Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science > Clinical Psychology
  • Received : July 13, 2020
  • Accepted : August 16, 2020
  • Published : September 30, 2020

Ki-Suk Nam 1 Seong-Hoon Hwang 2

1경기대학교 상담학과
2한양사이버대학교

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ABSTRACT

To understand and alleviate social anxiety (SA) experienced by covertly narcissistic people (CN), we explored the mediating role of rejection sensitivity (RS) as a possible mechanism and investigated whether dispositional mindfulness (DM) could moderate this mediating process. We administered the Pathological Narcissism Inventory, the Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire, the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale, and the Korean version of the Five-Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire to 391 cyber university students and community adults through an online survey. RS was found to have partially mediated the influence of CN on SA. Furthermore, the indirect effect via RS on SA differed according to the level of one’s DM, which thereby supported the assumed moderated mediation effect. When the level of DM was high, the adverse influence on SA through RS decreased. The clinical implications of our findings are discussed, and the limitations of this study, along with directions for further studies, are presented.

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