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Assessing the role of aggression, empathy, and self-serving cognitive distortions in trait emotional manipulation


Grieve, RM and Panebianco, L, Assessing the role of aggression, empathy, and self-serving cognitive distortions in trait emotional manipulation, Australian Journal of Psychology, 65, (2) pp. 79-88. ISSN 0004-9530 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1742-9536.2012.00059.x


This study extended the examination of the predictors of emotional manipulation. Participants (N = 243) completed measures of trait emotional manipulation, emotional intelligence, social skills, psychopathy, aggression, empathy, and self-serving cognitive distortions in a cross-sectional correlational design. For males, higher levels of emotional intelligence, social information processing, indirect aggression, and self-serving cognitive distortions significantly predicted emotional manipulation. For females, being younger, higher levels of emotional intelligence, indirect aggression, primary psychopathic traits, and lower levels of social awareness significantly predicted emotional manipulation. However for females, emotional intelligence acted as a suppressor. These findings support previous indications that the mechanisms behind emotional manipulation differ as a function of gender. Future research could include ability, rather than trait measures of emotional manipulation, as well as the role of context (such as intimate relationships or workplace environments), thereby allowing additional examination of the nomological network of emotional manipulation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cognitive distortions; emotional intelligence; emotional manipulation; empathy; indirect aggression
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:84568
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-05-20
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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