2015 Vol. 8 Issue 43
In 2002, Canadian researchers Delroy L. Paulhus and Kevin M. Williams proposed viewing three personality traits that have been traditionally studied in psychology – Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy – as a single constellation that they dubbed the Dark Triad. Paulhus and Williams considered the three traits of the Dark Triad to be independent constructs that, despite certain overlap, are distinct and complementary, presenting as different patterns of socially undesirable behavior such as violation of social norms, inability to maintain long-term relationships, cynicism, misanthropy, lack of empathy, duplicity, deceptiveness, exploitation of others, etc.
The popularity of the Dark Triad concept hasn’t just made it the subject of numerous studies. The large number of meta-analyses that have been conducted to review empirical data on the Dark Triad is also extraordinary for the relatively short period of 13 years. Furthermore, one of the two keynote speeches at the 2015 conference of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences focused on the Dark Triad.
This issue of Psychological Studies presents the results of empirical research on the Dark Triad that highlights a Dark Triad measure validated for the Russian population and addresses age dynamics in Dark Triad traits, as well as some of their relations with certain psychological dimensions. We hope that research on "dark" attributes of personality will spark the interest of psychologists and fuel new studies.