The dark triad: Facilitating a short-term mating strategy in men
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 5–18, February 2009
How to Cite
Jonason, P. K., Li, N. P., Webster, G. D. and Schmitt, D. P. (2009), The dark triad: Facilitating a short-term mating strategy in men. Eur. J. Pers., 23: 5–18. doi: 10.1002/per.698
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 19 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Received: 13 MAY 2008
- Dark Triad;
- sex differences;
- short-term mating
This survey (N = 224) found that characteristics collectively known as the Dark Triad (i.e. narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism) were correlated with various dimensions of short-term mating but not long-term mating. The link between the Dark Triad and short-term mating was stronger for men than for women. The Dark Triad partially mediated the sex difference in short-term mating behaviour. Findings are consistent with a view that the Dark Triad facilitates an exploitative, short-term mating strategy in men. Possible implications, including that Dark Triad traits represent a bundle of individual differences that promote a reproductively adaptive strategy are discussed. Findings are discussed in the broad context of how an evolutionary approach to personality psychology can enhance our understanding of individual differences. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.