Dispositional shame, narcissism, and forgiveness in close relationships

J. T. Fitness, R. Taubman

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This study examines the impact of narcissism and dispositional shame on attributions for, and forgiveness of, self and partner-caused betrayals in dating and marital relationships. One hundred and sixteen dating or married participants described a self-caused betrayal and a partner-caused betrayal. Participants then completed attributional and forgiveness measures for each betrayal along with measures of narcissism, dispositional shame and relationship satisfaction. Dispositional shame and being female were positively associated with malicious attributions for partner-caused betrayals; dispositional shame was negatively associated with forgiveness of partner-betrayals and with estimated partner-forgiveness of self-caused betrayals. Hypotheses relating to narcissism were largely unsupported. Relationship satisfaction played a major role, over and above the personality variables, in predicting attributions for, and estimated forgiveness of, self and partner-caused betrayals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-82
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAnnual meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) (36th : 2007) - Brisbane
Duration: 12 Apr 200712 Apr 2007

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