2013
DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-0065-x
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Exploring the Automatic Undercurrents of Sexual Narcissism: Individual Differences in the Sex-Aggression Link

Abstract: Sexual narcissism has recently been proposed to be a specific risk factor for the perpetration of sexual coercion based on both self-reports of previous behavior and self-estimated likelihood of engaging in acts of sexual violence. To explore one of the potential underlying mechanisms of sexual narcissism, we tested whether for highly sexually narcissistic males the subtle priming of sexual concepts would evoke aggressive behavior in a standard measure of aggressive behavior, the Taylor Aggression Paradigm. Re… Show more

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“…Importantly, this would not invalidate the usefulness of the test battery described here but would point to the direction of less forensically relevant questions of the relation between sex and violence. While there exists a common notion of a sex-aggression link (Mussweiler & Förster, 2000), recent research has raised the issue of individual differences in such a link (Imhoff, Bergmann, Schmidt, & Banse, 2013). The assessment methods introduced here may further elucidate the general question of who associates sex with aggression and whether these associations have relevant impact on actual behavior.…”
Section: Indirect Measures Of Preference For Sexual Violence 24mentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Importantly, this would not invalidate the usefulness of the test battery described here but would point to the direction of less forensically relevant questions of the relation between sex and violence. While there exists a common notion of a sex-aggression link (Mussweiler & Förster, 2000), recent research has raised the issue of individual differences in such a link (Imhoff, Bergmann, Schmidt, & Banse, 2013). The assessment methods introduced here may further elucidate the general question of who associates sex with aggression and whether these associations have relevant impact on actual behavior.…”
Section: Indirect Measures Of Preference For Sexual Violence 24mentioning
confidence: 99%
“…It is also possible that not everyone is susceptible to the sex-aggressive cognitions link. The effect of exposure to erotic images on aggressive cognitions may vary depending on individual characteristics that have not been included in this study, such as for example sexual narcissism (Imhoff et al 2013) or past pornography consumption (Hald and Malamuth 2015). Such individual characteristics might have translated to different intensity levels of sexual excitation among participants.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The association of sex and aggression has also been a topic of much research in psychology (Imhoff et al 2013;Mussweiler and Förster 2000). Previous studies have shown that, when individuals are exposed to sexual stimulation, they manifest higher levels of aggressive cognitions, tendencies, and behaviors as well as attitudes supporting aggression.…”
Section: Overview and Hypothesismentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This possibility is attested to by the fact that young, single men are disproportionately the most likely to commit violent crimes and engage in warfare (Daly and Wilson 1998). Furthermore, Imhoff et al (2013) found that sexual priming indeed led to increases in men's aggression, but only in men prone to sexual narcissism. Thus, the complex link between sex and competitiveness might be dependent on a host of individual differences that have yet to be tracked.…”
Section: Future Directionsmentioning
confidence: 94%