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Dominance or deceit: The role of the Dark Triad and hegemonic masculinity in emotional manipulation


Waddell, C and Van Doorn, G and March, E and Grieve, RM, Dominance or deceit: The role of the Dark Triad and hegemonic masculinity in emotional manipulation, Personality and Individual Differences, 166 pp. 1-6. ISSN 0191-8869 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110160


People may emotionally manipulate others in an attempt to control them and achieve personally satisfying outcomes. Experiencing emotional manipulation is related to several negative outcomes (e.g., depression). As a first step in addressing these negative outcomes, this study explored the utility of hegemonic masculinity and the Dark Triad (i.e., trait narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) in predicting emotional manipulation. Three hundred and twenty-seven participants (119 men, 208 women) completed an online survey measuring hegemonic masculinity, narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, as well as their (a) perceived ability to emotionally manipulate others, and (b) willingness to engage in emotional manipulation. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that, for both men and women, hegemonic masculinity was a significant predictor of one's willingness and perceived ability to emotionally manipulate others. However, when Dark Triad traits were added to the model, hegemonic masculinity's contribution became non-significant. Hegemonic masculinity seems to share variance with Dark Triad traits, particularly Machiavellianism. These findings are important as they establish that existing operational definitions of hegemonic masculinity share features with certain 'dark' personality traits. Thus, when predicting antisocial behaviour and tendencies, perhaps the variance explained by hegemonic masculinity is better captured by dark personality traits.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hegemonic masculinity, dark triad, narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, emotional manipulation
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Personality and individual differences
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Grieve, RM (Dr Rachel Grieve)
ID Code:152463
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2022-08-19
Last Modified:2022-09-21

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