Everyday sadism, dark triad, personality and disgust sensitivity

Meere, Myrthe and Egan, Vincent (2017) Everyday sadism, dark triad, personality and disgust sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 112 . pp. 157-161. ISSN 0191-8869

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sadism, Dark Triad, Dark Tetrad, HEXACO, personality, disgust sensitivity
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.056
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 13:00
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 12:14
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40949

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