The ‘Me’ in Meaning: People high in narcissism find comfort and meaning in selfie likes
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
It is well known that narcissists struggle to form meaningful relationships as they lack empathy and consideration for others. However, they rely on social validation to maintain a heightened self-view and mask an insecure core. Narcissists show heightened reactions to social exclusion with recent research showing heightened distress at a neural level. The current research aimed to extend on this by investigating whether or not the social pain following exclusion could be reduced from posting selfies on Instagram and receiving validation in the form of ‘likes’. As hypothesized posting a selfie and receiving likes following ostracism significantly reduced distress observed through P3a amplitude. Furthermore, the current study suggests narcissists gain meaning in life from validation (likes) of selfie posts.