Psychological Skills Do Not Always Help Performance: The Moderating Role of Narcissism

Ross Roberts, Tim Woodman, Lew Hardy, Louise Davis, Harry Wallace

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Psychological skills are typically viewed as beneficial to performance in competition. Conversely, narcissists appear to thrive in competitive environments so should not need psychological skills to the same degree as less narcissistic individuals. To investigate this moderating hypothesis high-standard ice-skaters completed measures of narcissism, psychological skills, and anxiety before performing their competition routine during training. A week later, participants performed the same routine in competition. Performance was operationalized as the difference between competition and training scores. Moderated regression analyses revealed that narcissism moderated the relationship between psychological skills and performance. Psychological skill effectiveness depends on an individual's degree of narcissism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-325
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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