Why do we desire ‘dark’ personalities? A study investigating attractiveness of the dark triad personality traits

dc.contributor.advisorCaska, Barbaraen
dc.contributor.authorSalvino, Mariah Andrea
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-04T09:16:41Z
dc.date.available2018-09-04T09:16:41Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.description.abstractIn light of the thriving research on the adverse, exploitative and game playing behaviours of Dark Triad (DT) traits – narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism – the present study aims to determine the attractiveness of the DT. Using a correlational between groups design, this was addressed by measuring responses between males and females, younger and older age groups, and of similar and dissimilar personalities. Participants (N = 121) completed an online survey, whereby personality descriptions depicting characters high and low in the DT traits were rated on attractiveness. Findings of the study were, at most, consistent with the hypotheses. Narcissism was highly attractive, and psychopathy and Machiavellianism were not. Narcissism was found to be highly attractive for similar narcissists, males and females, and younger age groups. However, younger individuals were more attracted to characters low in psychopathy and Machiavellianism, and males and females rated comparably. Suggestions for future directions are provided.en
dc.identifier.citationSalvino, M.A. (2018). Why do we desire ‘dark’ personalities? A study investigating attractiveness of the dark triad personality traits. Bachelors Final Year Project, Dublin Business School.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://esource.dbs.ie/handle/10788/3455
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDublin Business Schoolen
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dc.subjectNarcissismen
dc.subjectMachiavellianism (Psychology)en
dc.subjectInterpersonal attractionen
dc.titleWhy do we desire ‘dark’ personalities? A study investigating attractiveness of the dark triad personality traitsen
dc.typeFinal Year Projecten
dc.type.degreelevelBAen
dc.type.degreenameBA (Hons) in Psychologyen
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