The current study (N = 242) seeks to establish the relationship between traits known collectively as the Dark Triad – narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism – and mating standards and preferences. Using a budget-allocation task, we correlated scores on the Dark Triad traits with mate preferences for a long-term and short-term mate. Men scoring high on the Dark Triad may be more indiscriminate than most when selecting for short-term mates in order to widen their prospects. Furthermore, those high on the Dark Triad – psychopathy in particular – tend to select for mates based on self-interest, assortative mating, or a predilection for volatile environments. We assessed these correlations when controlling for the Big Five and the sex of the participant. We also tested for moderation by the sex of the participant and mating context. Ramifications and future directions are considered.
Dark Triad, Mate preferences, Budget allocation, Personality
Gender and Sexuality | Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
JONASON, Peter K., VALENTINE, Katherine A., LI, Norman P., & HARBESON, Carmelita L..(2011). Mate-selection and the Dark Triad: Facilitating a Short-term Mating Strategy and Creating a Volatile Environment. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(6), 759-763.
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