The Dark Triad as predictors of selfie behaviour: The role of Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy

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Bergkvist, Una
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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A non-probability convenience design was used to examine whether Dark Triad personalities such as Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy predicted selfie-sharing behaviour. The aim of the study was to understand the underpins of the darker traits of personality and their relation to selfies. In total, 142 participants (age 18-67), non-native and native English speakers, took part of an online study completed in Google Forms. Multiple Regressions, a linear regression, Pearson’s correlations, a one-way ANOVA and Ttests were used to examine relationships and correlations between age, sex, Dark Triad, selfie-sharing, negative attitudes and self-enhancement. Results yielded that there was no significant relationship between Dark Triad and selfie sharing. However, narcissism predicted self-enhancement as well as several variables were found to correlate with negative attitudes toward selfies. Author keywords: Subclinical, Dark Triad, Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy, Selfies, Negative attitudes, Self-enhancement