6The Predators’ Environment

Work-Setting and Personal Factors

It has been argued in the literature that personality effects can be overshadowed by strong situational demands (Spector, 2011); that is, people are free to engage in behaviors consistent with their personalities only when the environment is not overly constraining (Cohen, 2016). For example, norms can either inhibit or reinforce an individual’s personality tendencies (Spector, 2011 ; Smithikrai, 2008). Individuals who score high on any element of the dark triad may be willing to engage in unethical behavior. However, the question of the circumstances under which they will actually do so remains open (Spain, Harms, & LeBreton, 2014). One of the arguments posited here is that dark triad ...

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