Reference : “Don’t You Know I Own the Road?” The Link Between Narcissism and Aggressive Driving
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Social, industrial & organizational psychology
“Don’t You Know I Own the Road?” The Link Between Narcissism and Aggressive Driving
Bushman, Brad J. [Ohio State University - USA]
Steffgen, Georges mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Kerwin, Thomas [Ohio State University - USA]
Whitlock, Tyler [Ohio State University - USA]
Weisenberger, Janet M. []
Transportation Research. Part F : Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science
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[en] Narcissism ; aggressive driving ; anger
[en] Aggressive drivers can make driving dangerous. Over 50% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. Aggressive motorists make driving very dangerous. This research tests whether narcissists are more aggressive drivers than other individuals. Narcissists think they are special people who deserve special treatment. When they don’t get the special treatment they think they deserve, narcissists often lash out at others in an aggressive manner. Narcissists might think they “own the road” and can drive anyway they want, and that other drivers should get out of their way. In the article, we conduct three studies to test the link between narcissism and aggressive driving. In Studies 1 (N=139) and 2 (N=100), Luxembourgish motorists completed a measure of narcissism and a self-report measure of aggressive driving. In Study 3 (N=60), American university students completed a measure of narcissism and then completed a driving simulation scenario that contained a number of frustrating elements. Several measures of aggressive driving and road rage were obtained. In all three studies, narcissism was positively related to aggressive driving. A meta-analysis found an average correlation of r=.35 across the three studies. This research replicates previous research linking narcissism to aggression, and extends it to a driving context.

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