Background: Individuals with narcissistic traits, specifically vulnerable ones, are more prone to experiencing concerns related to self-worth and physical appearance and to showing heightened sensitivity to appearance evaluation. Negative body image and body image self-consciousness may, in turn, undermine sexual functioning, especially when apprehension is related to body appearance in sexual contexts. Methods: We aimed to evaluate the associations between self-reported pathological narcissistic traits, both grandiose and vulnerable, and sexual functioning in a large sample of nonclinical women (N = 656). Furthermore, we tested the mediating role of body image self-consciousness in these associations. Outcomes: Sexual functioning was measured through the Female Sexual Function Index. Results: The results highlight that vulnerable narcissistic traits are associated with lower sexual functioning, this association being mediated by higher levels of body image self-consciousness. Conversely, grandiose narcissistic traits are linked to lower body image self-consciousness and, consequently, higher levels of sexual functioning. Clinical Implications: Considering the link between body image self-consciousness and sexuality is of utmost importance in clinical practice with women, as well as in promoting positive body appreciation. Clinicians working with individuals presenting with pathological personality traits should consider including an assessment of their sexual functioning. S Pavanello Decaro, M Di Sarno, A Anzani, et al. Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Dysfunction in Women: The Role of Body Image Self-Consciousness. J Sex Med 2021;18:1891–1898.

Pavanello Decaro, S., Di Sarno, M., Anzani, A., Di Pierro, R., Prunas, A. (2021). Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Dysfunction in Women: The Role of Body Image Self-Consciousness. JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE, 18(11), 1891-1898 [10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.08.007].

Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Dysfunction in Women: The Role of Body Image Self-Consciousness

Pavanello Decaro, Sofia
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Di Sarno, Marco;Anzani, Annalisa;Di Pierro, Rossella;Prunas, Antonio
2021

Abstract

Background: Individuals with narcissistic traits, specifically vulnerable ones, are more prone to experiencing concerns related to self-worth and physical appearance and to showing heightened sensitivity to appearance evaluation. Negative body image and body image self-consciousness may, in turn, undermine sexual functioning, especially when apprehension is related to body appearance in sexual contexts. Methods: We aimed to evaluate the associations between self-reported pathological narcissistic traits, both grandiose and vulnerable, and sexual functioning in a large sample of nonclinical women (N = 656). Furthermore, we tested the mediating role of body image self-consciousness in these associations. Outcomes: Sexual functioning was measured through the Female Sexual Function Index. Results: The results highlight that vulnerable narcissistic traits are associated with lower sexual functioning, this association being mediated by higher levels of body image self-consciousness. Conversely, grandiose narcissistic traits are linked to lower body image self-consciousness and, consequently, higher levels of sexual functioning. Clinical Implications: Considering the link between body image self-consciousness and sexuality is of utmost importance in clinical practice with women, as well as in promoting positive body appreciation. Clinicians working with individuals presenting with pathological personality traits should consider including an assessment of their sexual functioning. S Pavanello Decaro, M Di Sarno, A Anzani, et al. Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Dysfunction in Women: The Role of Body Image Self-Consciousness. J Sex Med 2021;18:1891–1898.
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Body Image Self-Consciousness; Grandiose Narcissism; Sexual Dysfunction; Sexuality; Vulnerable Narcissism;
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Pavanello Decaro, S., Di Sarno, M., Anzani, A., Di Pierro, R., Prunas, A. (2021). Narcissistic Personality Traits and Sexual Dysfunction in Women: The Role of Body Image Self-Consciousness. JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE, 18(11), 1891-1898 [10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.08.007].
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