Behavioral Confirmation of Everyday Sadism

@article{Buckels2013BehavioralCO,
  title={Behavioral Confirmation of Everyday Sadism},
  author={Erin E Buckels and Daniel N. Jones and Delroy L. Paulhus},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={24},
  pages={2201 - 2209}
}
Past research on socially aversive personalities has focused on subclinical psychopathy, subclinical narcissism, and Machiavellianism—the “Dark Triad” of personality. In the research reported here, we evaluated whether an everyday form of sadism should be added to that list. Acts of apparent cruelty were captured using two laboratory procedures, and we showed that such behavior could be predicted with two measures of sadistic personality. Study 1 featured a bug-killing paradigm. As expected… 

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