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Narcissism and Political Left-Right Orientation in view of Basic Human Values

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posted on 2020-11-13, 19:40 authored by Fatma Ülkü SelçukFatma Ülkü Selçuk, Nil Demet GüngörNil Demet Güngör

The study explores the relation of narcissism to political orientation and their association with basic human values, using an undergraduate sample from Turkey. Leftwing orientation is weakly and negatively correlated with narcissism, and specifically with its self-sufficiency dimension. Leftwing is correlated positively with universalism and negatively with tradition. Narcissism is positively correlated with the self-enhancement and openness to change dimensions and negatively correlated with the self-transcendence and conservatism dimensions of the basic values. Hierarchical regression results indicate that the value tradition is a stronger predictor of political orientation than narcissism. In multinomial logistic regression, for narcissism, statistical significance appears for only extreme right compared to moderate left political positions. We did not find power-hunger to be related to political orientation. We did not find pro-sociality to be related to familial-religious customs. We did not find any sex difference for mean narcissism scores. However, females are more leftwing oriented than males and they report more eagerness to strive for justice for others. Striving for justice for others is negatively correlated with the value power; positively correlated with leftwing orientation and striving for justice for self; and uncorrelated with narcissism. Males have higher mean scores for the value tradition and females have higher mean scores for the value security.


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Ethics statement

We took the approval of the Ethics Committee of Atılım University for this research. The data was collected via a questionnaire form administered in May 2014. The purpose of the study was clearly stated at the beginning and students were ensured of anonymity. Participation in the study was done on a voluntary basis; students were told that they could quit at any time.


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