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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (7) : 1248-1261     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01248
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Review on the Studies of the Dark Triad
QIN Feng;XU Fang
(1 Business School, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing 211169, China) (2 Business School, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China)
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Abstract  The studies on the Big Five represent the exploration into non-clinical personalities, whereas the studies on the Dark Triad represent the exploration into the shadow of the subclinical personalities. The Dark Triad is composed of three personality traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy, which are usually defined as antisocial personalities in the western culture. Results of recent studies on the Dark Triad indicate: (1) Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy are independent yet intertwining personality traits; (2) valid tools have been developed to measure these personality traits; (3) the Dark Triad traits exhibit both antisociality and prosociality; (4) the Dark Triad may reflect a fast life strategy; (5) genetic and environmental factors play different roles in the development of the Dark Triad; (6) the Dark Triad is definitely a different personality trait cluster in contrast to the Big Five.
Keywords the Dark Triad      Machiavellianism      narcissism      psychopathy     
Corresponding Authors: QIN Feng   
Issue Date: 15 July 2013
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