2015 Volume 23 Issue 3 Pages 142-155
The present study investigated the impact of the relationships among self-perception, sense-of-rejection, and concern regarding others' ratings in individuals with borderline, narcissistic, histrionic, dependent, and avoidant personality disorder traits (PDTs). Undergraduates (N=362) completed a questionnaire. The results of covariance structure analyses indicated that the sense-of-acceptance partially mediated the relationships between PDTs and self-perception, and that self-perception partially mediated the relationship between PDTs and the sense-of-acceptance or rejection. On the other hand, low sense-of-acceptance mediated between PDTs and negative social motivation. These results suggest that the sense-of-acceptance and sense-of-rejection are constructs located on different dimensions that are independent, and differentially affect social cognition and social motivation in individuals with PDTs. Additionally, individuals with high PDTs demonstrated higher negative social motivation, which was contrary to the self-enhancement motive. A low sense-of-acceptance and negative social motives are strongly associated with maladaptive interpersonal interactions in individuals with PD traits.