Dark Triad predicts self-promoting mate attraction behaviors

Renan P. Monteiro, Guilherme S. Lopes, Bruna Da Silva Nascimento, Valdiney v. Gouveia, Todd K. Shackelford, Virgil Zeigler-Hill

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Abstract

The Dark Triad is a cluster of aversive traits that includes Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism. Individuals who score higher on these traits also report more sexual partners, suggesting that the Dark Triad may provide advantages to attracting short-term partners. We investigated the associations between the Dark Triad traits and self-promotion mate attraction tactics in a short-term mating context. We hypothesized that, in this mating context, psychopathy would predict the performance frequency of self-promotion behaviors in men (Hypothesis 1), narcissism would predict these behaviors in both men (Hypothesis 2) and women (Hypothesis 3), and that the relationship between narcissism and the performance frequency of self-promotion behaviors would be stronger in women than in men (Hypothesis 4). Participants were 225 Brazilian undergraduate students, aged between 18 and 45 years (M = 21.8; SD = 4.80; 58.2% women). Supporting Hypothesis 1, psychopathy positively predicted the performance frequency of self-promotion behaviors in men. Narcissism was positively associated with the performance frequency of self-promotion behaviors in both men (supporting Hypothesis 2) and women (supporting Hypothesis 3), but with similar strength (inconsistent with Hypothesis 4). We situate these results concerning mate attraction within an evolutionary framework and discuss their theoretical and applied utility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume119
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Dark Triad
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Mate attraction tactics
  • Self-promotion
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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