Narcissism, social anxiety and self-presentation in exercise

Sally Akehurst, Joanne Thatcher

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    In an exercise setting where impression motivation might be high but self-presentation efficacy low, social anxiety is likely to occur (Schlenker & Leary, 1982). Narcissism is, however, associated with low anxiety, high confidence, and a keenness for social evaluation (Wallace, Baumeister, & Vohs, 2005) and therefore may protect exercisers from social anxiety. One hundred and sixty undergraduates (88 males and 72 females; Mage = 20.45 years, SD = 2.49 years) completed measures of narcissism, social anxiety, and self-presentation in exercise. In females, narcissism moderated the impression motivation/construction–social anxiety relationships. Findings extend our understanding of the self-presentational processes involved in exercise and, specifically, how narcissism protects individuals from experiencing high social anxiety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-135
    Number of pages6
    JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
    Issue number2
    Early online date10 Apr 2010
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


    • narcissism
    • social anxiety
    • self-presentation
    • efficacy
    • impression motivation
    • impression construction
    • exercise


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