Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2010

Abstract

The Dark Triad – narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy – have traditionally been considered to be undesirable traits. However, emerging work suggest that not only may there be a positive side to possessing these traits but they may also serve important adaptive functions, even if the strategies associated with them are viewed as socially undesirable. In an online survey (N = 336), we investigated the costs and benefits of the Dark Triad within the domain of mating psychology. The social style and lower order personality traits of the Dark Triad traits facilitated increased mateships in the form of poaching mates from others and being poached oneself to form mateships, pointing to possible benefits of possessing the Dark Triad traits. However, the costside was evidenced with rates of mates abandoning their current relationship for a new one. Mate retention is a problem faced by those with these traits and the tactics used to retain mates were characteristic of the Dark Triad: aggressive and narcisstic. Results are discussed using an adaptionist paradigm.

Keywords

Narcissism, Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, Dark Triad, Mate retention, Mate poaching

Discipline

Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

48

Issue

4

First Page

373

Last Page

378

ISSN

0191-8869

Identifier

10.1016/j.paid.2009.11.003

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2009.11.003

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