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Everyday sadism, dark triad, personality and disgust sensitivity

Meere, Myrthe; Egan, Vincent

Authors

Myrthe Meere

Vincent Egan



Abstract

Research into dark personalities has advocated for the addition of sadism due to its close relationship with other dark traits (Book et al., 2016). Lower disgust for atavistic and animalistic tendencies may provide an objective marker of the greater predatory tendencies and desire for power represented by everyday sadism. In the present study, we explored self-reported personality and disgust traits underlying non-sexual ‘everyday’ sadism (Buckels, Jones & Paulhus, 2013). In line with previous research, it was predicted sadism would be negatively correlated with the honesty-humility, agreeableness and emotionality dimensions of the HEXACO, and positively correlated with psychopathy and Machiavellianism from the Dark Triad. As an added dimension, the study also investigated disgust sensitivity’s relationship to sadism. A total of 235 participants (66.4% female, 31.1% male; mean age 31.35 years (SD = 13.97 years)) completed an online survey comprising a series of psychometric measures. Results indicated that extraversion, psychopathy, Machiavellianism and animal reminder disgust were significant predictors of sadism scores. Future studies may want to include a measure of disgust sensitivity (including behavioral indices) to investigate its relationship with sadism and the DT.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Journal Personality and Individual Differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Electronic ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 112
APA6 Citation Meere, M., & Egan, V. (2017). Everyday sadism, dark triad, personality and disgust sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 112, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.056
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.056
Keywords sadism, Dark Triad, Dark Tetrad, HEXACO, personality, disgust sensitivity
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886917301459
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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