Narcissism, self-evaluations, and partner preferences among men who have sex with men

David Andrew Moskowitz*, Gerulf Rieger, David Wyatt Seal

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Larger or more prominent male body attributes-increased muscularity, penis size, height, etc.-may be associated with differences in narcissism in men who have sex with men (MSM). This may be due, in part, to physical appearance, which tends to be disproportionately revered by MSM. An Internet survey (N = 649) was employed to test this and other hypotheses. Our results indicated that MSM who reported being taller, more muscular, and having large erect penises were more likely to be narcissistic. Such narcissistic men also reported wanting partners with these attributes. Finally, narcissistic MSM were significantly more likely to reject partners on body attribute criteria. Among MSM, appearance may play some role in the development and maintenance of narcissistic attitudes. Alternatively, narcissism may drive some MSM to overestimate body attributes that are positive or attractive. Regardless of explanation, the strength of narcissistic attitudes seems to influence men's romantic and sexual attractions towards other men and may ultimately guide partner selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-728
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Attraction
  • Cultural influence
  • Homosexuality
  • MSM
  • Narcissism
  • Partner selection
  • Personality development
  • Physical attractiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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