Occupational niches and the Dark Triad traits

Peter K Jonason, Serena Wee, Norman P Li, Christopher Jackson

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Our research focused on the vocational interests correlated with the Dark Triad traits (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism). By understanding how these traits facilitate the structuring of one's environment, we hypothesized that psychopaths will be more interested in realistic and practical careers, narcissists will be more interested in artistic, enterprising, and social careers, and Machiavellians will be more interested in avoiding careers that involve caring for others. In two cross-sectional studies (N= 424; N= 274), we provide general support for these hypotheses. Overall, our study showed those high on the Dark Triad traits may structure their social environment through idealized career preferences. We also show that sex differences in career preferences might be a function, in part of, individual differences in the Dark Triad traits. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


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