Styles of handling Interpersonal conflict and the Dark Triad

[Speaker] Shimotsukasa, Tadahiro:1
[Co-author] Oshio, Atsushi:2
1:Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Are the socially aversive people stubborn or flexible on an interpersonal conflict? The purpose of this study was to examine an association between the Dark Triad traits (Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy) and the styles of handling interpersonal conflict. Two hundred and twenty-eight participants (86 male, 142 female; Age: M = 19.46, SD = 1.11) responded to the Japanese version of the Short Dark Triad (Shimotsukasa & Oshio, 2015) and the Handling Interpersonal Conflict Inventory (Kato, 2003). Results showed that all of the Dark Triad traits positively related to dominating style. Psychopathy correlated negatively with integrating, avoiding, obliging, and compromising styles. Narcissism was linked negatively to avoiding and obliging styles. Machiavellianism had a positive association with the integrating style. Taken together, people with high on the Dark Triad traits tend to solve an interpersonal conflict stubbornly while only Machiavellian may settle the conflict flexibly.
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