If the Dark Triad are costly traits for individuals to have and individuals are predisposed to avoid interacting with selfish individuals, how do those who have those traits extract resources from their environment? We contend that a specific set of personality traits will enable individuals to do so. We showed that those who are disagreeable, extraverted, open, and have high self-esteem along with low levels of neuroticism and conscientiousness score high on the Dark Triad (Study 1: N = 216). Additionally, having a more individualistic and competitive approach to others and not a strongly altruistic orientation will also help those who are high on the Dark Triad (Study 2; N = 336). We contend that the Dark Triad may represent one social strategy that is characterized by an agentic social style.
personality, trait intercorrelations, self-esteem, individuality
Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology
Individual Differences Research
Individual Differences Association
JONASON, Peter K., LI, Norman P., & TEICHER, Emily A..(2010). Who is James Bond? The Dark Triad as an Agentic Social Style. Individual Differences Research, 8(2), 111-120.
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