Duplicity Among the Dark Triad: Three Faces of Deceit

  title={Duplicity Among the Dark Triad: Three Faces of Deceit},
  author={Daniel N. Jones and Delroy L. Paulhus},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
Although all 3 of the Dark Triad members are predisposed to engage in exploitative interpersonal behavior, their motivations and tactics vary. Here we explore their distinctive dynamics with 5 behavioral studies of dishonesty (total N = 1,750). All 3 traits predicted cheating on a coin-flipping task when there was little risk of being caught (Study 1). Only psychopathy predicted cheating when punishment was a serious risk (Study 2). Machiavellian individuals also cheated under high risk—but… 

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