The Dark Triad and Appearance Impressions

[Speaker] Kiire, Satoru:1
[Co-author] Ochi, Keita:2
1:Graduate School of Humanities, Hosei University (Japan), 2:Faculty of Letters, Hosei University (Japan)

Recent studies investigated the relationships between Dark Triad (D3), consisting of three traits - Machiavellianism, Narcissism, and Psychopathy, which, though socially undesirable, contributed to mating success. We hypothesized that the D3 would have positive appearance impressions. The present study investigated the relationship between the D3 and self-reported appearance impressions (loyalty, friendliness, activity, sexiness, and desirability of relationships). Results showed that the D3 correlated positively with all appearance impressions except desirability of relationships. Looking at each trait of the D3, Machiavellianism correlated positively with loyalty and activity, and psychopathy correlated negatively with friendliness. Narcissism exhibited positive correlation with all appearance impressions. In partial regression coefficient, Machiavellianism and Narcissism showed similar coefficient with correlation, but Psychopathy had a negative effect on activity as did friendliness. Consistent with perceptions of evolutionary psychology, the D3 showed positive relationships with appearance impressions. This study suggested that the appearance may be traits of the D3.
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