Different routes to limited empathy in the sexes: Examining the links between the Dark Triad and empathy

Jonason, Peter K. and Lyons, Minna and Bethel, Emily J. and Ross, Rahael (2013) Different routes to limited empathy in the sexes: Examining the links between the Dark Triad and empathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 54 (5). pp. 572-576. ISSN 2013

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Abstract

A fundamental observation regarding the Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism) is that they are all associated with limited empathy. However, little is known about these relationships beyond some basics. In this study (N = 352), we asked three questions. What is the nature of the relationship between the Dark Triad traits and empathy? Does limited empathy account for sex differences in the Dark Triad? Are men and women low on empathy through different personality traits? The Dark Triad traits were all related to low levels of empathy even when controlling for the shared variance among the traits. Empathy rates mediated sex differences in different aspects of the Dark Triad but not others. Low empathy rates were related to narcissism in women but psychopathy in men, suggesting different routes to limited empathy for men and women high on the Dark Triad.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Dark Triad; Empathy; Psychopathy; Machiavellianism; Narcissism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Users 3 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 15:38
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 16:28
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/207

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