Self-disgust and the dark triad traits: The role of expressive suppression

Akram, Umair and Stevenson, Jodie (2021) Self-disgust and the dark triad traits: The role of expressive suppression. Personality and Individual Differences . ISSN 0191-8869

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This study examined whether the dark triad personality traits were related to the experience of self-disgust, and whether these relationships were mediated by emotion regulation deficits. A sample of (N = 620) individuals completed measures of emotion regulation, dark triad traits and self-disgust. Correlational analysis determined that self-disgust was significantly related to increased psychopathy and Machiavellianism, but not narcissism. Parallel multiple mediation analyses evidenced an indirect effect of self-disgust on psychopathy through expressive suppression but not cognitive reappraisal. In contrast, emotion regulation strategies did not mediate the relationship between self-disgust and Machiavellianism. The current observations provide contributions to research in self-disgust and the dark triad personality traits. Addressing negative self-appraisal and related emotional difficulties may benefit individuals displaying anti-social personality traits.

Additional Information:FM 15.04.21 Published online 6th Aug 2020, Final publication 1st Jan 2021
Keywords:Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Dark Triads, Self-disgust, Emotion Regulation
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:44537
Deposited On:15 Apr 2021 11:35

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