Malicious Mouths? : The Dark Triad and Motivations to Gossip.

LYONS, Minna T and HUGHES, Sara (2015). Malicious Mouths? : The Dark Triad and Motivations to Gossip. Personality and Individual Differences, 78, 1-4.

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There are several reasons for why people may be motivated to engage in gossip, such as group protection, status enhancement, and social bonding. In an on-line study (N=372), we investigated how individual differences affect gossiping behaviour by examining the relationship between the Dark Triad (i.e., primary and secondary psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism) and motivations to gossip. Correlational analyses indicated that psychopathy and narcissism had a positive relationship with social enjoyment, group protection, and negative influence gossip, whereas Machiavellianism was positively correlated with only negative influence gossip. When we controlled for shared variance between the Dark Triad traits, secondary psychopathy emerged as a positive predictor of group protection gossip. The findings are discussed within an evolutionary framework, along with directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.01.009
Depositing User: Sara Hughes
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2016 14:00

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