Send to

Choose Destination
J Sex Marital Ther. 2010;36(1):24-34. doi: 10.1080/00926230903375594.

Narcissism and self-esteem among homosexual and heterosexual male students.

Author information

School of Behavioral Sciences, Netanya Academic College, Netanya, Israel.


According to orthodox psychoanalytical theory, narcissism and homosexuality are strongly associated. This association played a major role in pathologizing homosexuality. The present study compared self-esteem and two measures of narcissism among 90 homosexual and 109 heterosexual male students, who filled in a demographic questionnaire, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, and the Pathological Narcissism Inventory, which addresses both grandiose and vulnerable subtypes of narcissism. The hypothesis, which is based on the Freudian connection between narcissism and homosexuality, is supported by the results, indicating that the homosexual students score higher in both measures of narcissism and lower on the self-esteem measure, compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Intra-psychic, as well as environmental, interpretations of the results are suggested in the discussion.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center