The Effects of Self-Esteem and Narcissism on Forgiveness

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2017

Faculty Sponsor

Kimberly Hardy


Forgiveness can be used in a variety of settings, such as personal and professional relationships and for some, religion. It is important for victims of wrongdoings to overcome their negative feelings and move on from past events in order to live healthier lives, both psychologically and physically (Strelan & Zdaniuk, 2015). Examining the traits that help increase or decrease the likelihood that a person will forgive may have significant impacts for improving overall life satisfaction. The current study will look at two personality traits, self-esteem and narcissism, and their effect on dispositional and situational forgiveness.

I aim to obtain 100 undergraduate participants for this study, which will determine the correlations between self-esteem, narcissism and a person’s willingness to forgive. Data will be collected and results analyzed prior to presentation. If the results are consistent with my hypotheses, self-esteem will be positively correlated with dispositional and situational forgiveness, and narcissism will be negatively associated with dispositional and situational forgiveness. Additionally, dispositional forgiveness will predict situational forgiveness in participants high in self-esteem. If I obtain the desired results, the implications of this study will be to improve the understanding of how personality affects forgiveness, which effects overall health.

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