Types of Crime: The Relationship Between Narcissistic and Antisocial Personalities


Abbey Sereno




Narcissism: a disorder demonstrated by extreme self-involvement and lack of interest in and empathy for others combined with a need for admiration and patterns of grandiosity


Antisocial Personality: a disorder characterized by deceitfulness, impulsivity, irritability and aggressiveness combined with a reckless disregard for the safety of oneself and others, consistent irresponsibility and lack of remorse


Part One Offenses (Index Crimes): crimes committed against the person, including: criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, or those crimes committed against property including: burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson


Part Two Offenses: those crimes that do not fall within the two categories of part one offenses and include: fraud, embezzlement, weapon offenses, and vandalism, but exclude traffic violations




Article #1: Personality Disorders and Violence Among Female Prison Inmates. Janet I. Warren, Mandi Burnette, Susan Carol South, Preeti Chauhan, Risha Bale, & Roxanne Friend.


Investigated the relationship between mental disorders and violence

Significant relationships were found between antisocial personality disorder and institutional violence, and narcissistic personality disorder and incarceration for a violent crime

My Design (2x2x2):


IV #1: Narcissistic Personality (high vs. low)



IV # 2: Antisocial Personality (high vs. low)


DV: Types of Crimes (part one vs. part two)



Hypothesis #1: Those individuals high in antisocial personality are more likely to commit crimes.


Hypothesis #2: Those individuals high in antisocial personality and narcissistic personality are more likely to commit part one offenses.


Hypothesis #3: Those individuals high in narcissistic personality and low in antisocial will commit fewer crimes overall, with the majority of the offenses committed being part two offenses.