2The Dark Triad Personalities

Main Characteristics

As mentioned in the introduction, the dark triad is a constellation of three theoretically separable, albeit conceptually and empirically overlapping, personality constructs that are typically construed as interpersonally maladaptive: psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism (Smith & Lilienfeld, 2013). The narcissistic personality is marked by grandiosity, a sense of entitlement, and lack of empathy (Smith & Lilienfeld, 2013). Extreme self-aggrandizement is the hallmark of narcissism, which includes an inflated view of self; fantasies of control, success, and admiration; and a desire to have this self-love reinforced by others (O’Boyle, Forsyth, Banks, & McDaniel, 2012). Machiavellianism, ...

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