Active Procrastination and the Dark Tetrad

HUGHES, Sara and ADHIKARI, Joanna (2021). Active Procrastination and the Dark Tetrad. Journal of Individual Differences.

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    Abstract

    The Dark Triad personality traits have previously been linked with dysfunctional types of procrastination (i.e., delaying certain tasks). From an evolutionary perspective, procrastination is recognized for facilitating a fast life history strategy. The present study investigated links between active and passive procrastination and the extended Dark Tetrad personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism). Participants (N = 357) were invited via Prolific data collection platform and Survey Circle research sites to participate in an online survey exploring personality and procrastination. Path analyses revealed that all Dark Tetrad traits positively predicted several aspects of active procrastination only. Narcissism emerged as the only negative predictor of passive procrastination. Rather than linking these traits with dysfunctional procrastination types only, our results highlight the importance of considering the Dark Tetrad about functional forms of procrastination, which may be more beneficial for facilitating a fast life history strategy.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: “This version of the article may not completely replicate the final authoritative version published in Journal of Individual Differences. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation. Please do not copy or cite without the permission of the author(s).”
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000357
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 15:36
    Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 17:00
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29189

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