Dark triad traits and women's use of sexual deception

Brewer, G ORCID: 0000-0003-0690-4548, De Griffa, D and Uzun, E
(2019) Dark triad traits and women's use of sexual deception. Personality and Individual Differences, 142. 42 - 44.

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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Dark Triad traits are related but distinct personality traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy) characterised by emotional coldness, exploitation, and a lack of empathy. Previous research investigates Dark Triad traits in relation to sexual behaviour and the use of deception in mating contexts. Few studies have, however, considered the types of sexual deception performed by those high on Dark Triad traits. In the present study, heterosexual women (N = 217) aged 18–59 years completed a series of online questionnaires assessing Dark Triad traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism, primary and secondary psychopathy) and sexual deception (blatant lying, self-serving deception, and avoiding confrontation). Multiple regression analyses indicate that Dark Triad traits are associated with each form of sexual deception investigated. Women high on narcissism were more likely to engage in blatant lying whilst Machiavellianism was associated with greater use of blatant lying and lying to avoid confrontation. Primary and secondary psychopathies were each associated with self-serving deception. Future studies should consider Dark Triad traits in relation to the effectiveness of each form of deception employed.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 10:39
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 12:24
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.01.033
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3032771