The relationship between pathological narcissism and substance use disorder
Yeşim Can1, İrem Anlı2
1İstanbul Gedik Üniversitesi, İktisadi, İdari ve Sosyal Bilimler Fakültesi, Psikoloji Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
2İstanbul Bilim Üniversitesi Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi, Psikoloji Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
Keywords: Addiction; drug; narcissism
Objectives: This study compared patients with drug use disorder to healthy control subjects in terms of narcissistic development.
Patients and methods: The subject group consisted of 55 male inpatients in the Alcohol and Substance Addiction Research Treatment and Education Center (ASAREC) of Bakırköy Mental Health and Neurological Diseases Education and Research Hospital who were diagnosed with drug use disorder and a control group composed of 49 randomly selected males with no drug use or other psychological disorders. Self-Report Inventory and Sociodemographic Data Form were used for data collection.
Results: The defensive grandiose self and defensive idealized parental imago scores of participants with drug use disorders were significantly higher than those of the control group.
Conclusion: It is suggested that patients with substance use disorder have severe impairs in their narcissistic development.