Seeking help from Dark Triad individuals: The role of socioeconomic status and trait self-control

[Speaker] Tasaki, Yuri:1
[Co-author] Nakashima, Ken'ichiro:1, Morinaga, Yasuko:1, Ura, Mitsuhiro:2
1:HIROSHIMA University (Japan), 2:Otemon Gakuin University (Japan)

This study investigated interpersonal relationships with individuals that have Dark Triad traits-narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy-specifically, if individuals with a low socioeconomic status seek help from Dark Triad individuals due to low trait self-control which leads to less deliberate decision-making and negative behavior choices. To examine this possibility, we conducted an online survey (N = 1334) using a hypothetical scenario. In the scenario, participants were offered help from a Dark Triad individual when faced with the most critical situation in his/her life or a non-crisis situation. Results indicated that individuals with low socioeconomic status had low levels of self-control that contributed to accepting help from Dark Triad individuals regardless of the situation. Moreover, additional examinations of the three Dark Triad traits revealed similar patterns regardless of the three-subcomponents. The importance of self-control training and intervention are discussed as future research possibilities.
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