“But it wasn't really cheating”: Dark Triad traits and perceptions of infidelity

Brewer, Gayle ORCID: 0000-0003-0690-4548, Guothova, Alexandra and Tsivilis, Dimitris
(2023) “But it wasn't really cheating”: Dark Triad traits and perceptions of infidelity. Personality and Individual Differences, 202. p. 111987.

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Infidelity constitutes a threat to those in exclusive romantic relationships and may lead to relationship dissolution. There is, however, substantial variation with regards to the acts that are or are not considered to be infidelity. In the present study, we investigate the relationship between Dark Triad traits and the acts perceived to constitute infidelity. Five categories of infidelity are considered; online infidelity, fantasized infidelity, emotional infidelity, sexual infidelity, and hidden attachment. Dark Triad traits (Machiavellianism and primary psychopathy) predicted the extent to which specific acts were perceived to constitute infidelity when controlling for demographic factors and personal experience of infidelity. In particular, those high on Machiavellianism were less likely to perceive fantasizing and expressed emotion as infidelity. Those high on primary psychopathy were more likely to perceive fantasizing and emotional expression as infidelity and less likely to consider sexual acts or hidden attachment as indicators of infidelity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dark Triad, Infidelity, Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy, Romantic relationships
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2022 11:16
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 16:42
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2022.111987
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111987
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3166425