The dark side of love and life satisfaction: Associations with intimate relationships, psychopathy and Machiavellianism

Ali, Farah and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. 2010. The dark side of love and life satisfaction: Associations with intimate relationships, psychopathy and Machiavellianism. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(2), pp. 228-233. ISSN 01918869 [Article]

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This study examines, for the first time, the psychopathy subtypes and Machiavellianism in relation to life satisfaction and intimate relationships. Using structural equation modelling (SEM) in a male and female non-clinical sample, we investigated the degree to which primary psychopathy, secondary psychopathy, Machiavellianism, gender, sociosexual orientation and the relationship components of intimacy, commitment and passion, accounted for variance in life satisfaction. Results indicated that Machiavellianism was negatively associated with the relationship components. Unexpectedly, primary psychopathy was positively associated with the relationship components. Secondary psychopathy was negatively associated with life satisfaction and intimacy. Implications for the conceptualisation of “dark side” traits and their effects on inter- and intra-personal relations are considered.

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Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2009.10.016

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

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2010Published

Item ID:

4902

Date Deposited:

14 Feb 2011 14:29

Last Modified:

06 Jun 2016 15:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/4902

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