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Pass Me the Ball: Narcissism in Performance Settings Seminar

15:00 - 16:00
19 October 2016
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 44 (Shackleton), Room 3095

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue McNally on 02380 595150 or email .

Event details

Whether in sport, military, business or medical environments, performing at one’s best provides a multitude of opportunities for gaining personal glory. Narcissistic individuals crave admiration and glory, and thus the performance domain constitutes an ideal medium to explore narcissistic behaviour. This talk examines the relation between narcissism and performance and demonstrates that narcissists’ performance is contingent upon perceived opportunities for self-enhancement. Further, the talk covers how to get the best out of narcissists in environments that vary in their opportunity for glory. Finally, as leadership positions present opportunities for glory, the talk focuses on whether narcissists make effective leaders or whether they crash and burn.

Speaker information

Dr Ross Roberts, Bangor University. Ross Roberts is a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology and co-director of the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at Bangor University. His research interests focus on personality and individual differences, with a particular interest in the role of personality (especially narcissism) in performance contexts. He has published in a wide range of leading personality, sport psychology, and neuroscience journals. He is also an editorial board member of The Sport Psychologist. He has received research funding from the Wellcome Trust, Ministry of Defence, The Rugby Football Union, and the Sports Council for Wales. Ross is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), is a chartered Psychologist, accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and is an HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist. He has more than 10 years’ experience working with a number of high level squads and athletes. In his spare time Ross likes to feed his addiction to running in the mountains of Snowdonia.

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