Basic Values and the Dark Triad Traits

Peter K. Jonason, Joshua D. Foster, Phillip S. Kavanagh, Valdiney V. Gouveia, Béla Birkás

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In samples from America, Brazil, and Hungary (N = 937), we examined the associations between the Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism) and individual differences in excitement (i.e., valuing personal enjoyment), promotion (i.e., valuing achievements), existence (i.e., valuing physical survival), suprapersonal (i.e., valuing abstract ideas), interactive (i.e., valuing social relationships), and normative (i.e., valuing cultural norms) values. The traits were associated with the values of excitement and promotion, psychopathy was associated with a diminished emphasis on existence, psychopathy and Machiavellianism were associated with limited interactive or normative values, whereas narcissism was associated with a greater emphasis on suprapersonal, interactive, and normative values. We also found that sex differences in psychopathy were mediated by individual differences in the existence and normative values. Results are discussed from a life history framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-228
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Individual Differences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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