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Hedonism, Achievement, and Power: Universal Values that Characterize the Dark Triad
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0629-353X
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. (Kognitiv neurovetenskap och filosofi, Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9890-5788
University of Western Sydney, Australia.
2015 (English)In: Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, E-ISSN 1873-3549, Vol. 77, 173-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using a sample of Swedes and Americans (N = 385), we attempted to understand the Dark Triad traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy) in terms of the universal social values. The Dark Triad traits correlated significantly with all 10 value types, forming a sinusoid pattern corresponding to the value model circumplex. In regression analyses, Machiavellianism and narcissism were positively associated with the values Achievement and Power, while psychopathy was positively associated with the values Hedonism, and Power. In addition, the Dark Triad traits explained significant variance over the Big Five traits in accounting for individual differences in social values. Differences between the Swedish and the US sample in the social value Achievement was mediated by the Dark Triad traits, as well as age. Given the unique complex of values accounted for by the Dark Triad traits compared to the Big Five traits, we argue that the former account for a system of self-enhancing “dark values”, often hidden but constantly contributing in evaluations of others.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 77, 173-178 p.
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10507DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.055ISI: 000350181900030Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84921357600OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10507DiVA: diva2:778985
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2016-10-07Bibliographically approved

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