Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2009

Abstract

This survey (N=224) found that characteristics collectively known as the Dark Triad (i.e. narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism) were correlated with various dimensions of short-term mating but not long-term mating. The link between the Dark Triad and short-term mating was stronger for men than for women. The Dark Triad partially mediated the sex difference in short-term mating behaviour. Findings are consistent with a view that the Dark Triad facilitates an exploitative, short-term mating strategy in men. Possible implications, including that Dark Triad traits represent a bundle of individual differences that promote a reproductively adaptive strategy are discussed. Findings are discussed in the broad context of how an evolutionary approach to personality psychology can enhance our understanding of individual differences.

Keywords

narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, Dark Triad, sex differences, short-term mating

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

European Journal of Personality

Volume

23

Issue

1

First Page

5

Last Page

18

ISSN

0890-2070

Identifier

10.1002/per.698

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/per.698

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