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The emotional manipulation-psychopathy nexus: Relationships with emotional intelligence, alexithymia and ethical position

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Grieve, RM and Mahar, D, The emotional manipulation-psychopathy nexus: Relationships with emotional intelligence, alexithymia and ethical position, Personality and Individual Differences: An International Journal of Research Into The Structure and Development of Personality and The Causation of Individual Differences, 48, (8) pp. 945-950. ISSN 0191-8869 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.02.028

Abstract

This research examined for the first time the relationship between emotional manipulation, emotional intelligence, and primary and secondary psychopathy. As predicted, in Study 1 (N = 73), emotional manipulation was related to both primary and secondary psychopathy. Only secondary psychopathy was related to perceived poor emotional skills. Secondary psychopathy was also related to emotional concealment. Emotional intelligence was negatively related to perceived poor emotional skills, emotional concealment, and primary and secondary psychopathy. In Study 2 (N = 275), two additional variables were included: alexithymia and ethical position. It was found that for males, primary psychopathy and emotional intelligence predicted emotional manipulation, while for females emotional intelligence acted as a suppressor, and ethical idealism and secondary psychopathy were additional predictors. For males, emotional intelligence and alexithymia were related to perceived poor emotional skills, while for females emotional intelligence, but not alexithymia, predicted perceived poor emotional skills, with ethical idealism acting as a suppressor. For both males and females, alexithymia predicted emotional concealment. These findings suggest that the mechanisms behind the emotional manipulation–psychopathy relationship differ as a function of gender. Examining the different aspects of emotional manipulation as separate but related constructs may enhance understanding of the construct of emotional manipulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Emotional; manipulation; intelligence; psychopathy; alexithymia; ethics; suppressor
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Grieve, RM (Dr Rachel Grieve)
ID Code:84352
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-05-08
Last Modified:2015-02-04
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