“I could see, in the depth of his eyes, my own beauty reflected”: Women's assortative preference for narcissistic, but not for Machiavellian or psychopathic male faces

Lyons, M. and Blanchard, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0449-0425, 2016. “I could see, in the depth of his eyes, my own beauty reflected”: Women's assortative preference for narcissistic, but not for Machiavellian or psychopathic male faces. Personality and Individual Differences, 97, pp. 40-44. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Few studies have looked at assortative mating for the Dark Triad (i.e., Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism), or assortative mating for facial characteristics related to personality. In two studies (n's = 302 and 262), we investigated whether women scoring high in the Dark Triad exhibited a preference for high and low Dark Triad male composite faces. In Study 1, using a two alternative forced-choice task and a short Dark Triad scale, there was little evidence for assortative mating. In Study 2, utilising a rating scale, longer personality measures, and controlling for perceptions of aggression, masculinity and dominance, we found positive assortative mating for narcissism in long-term relationships. Findings are discussed from evolutionary psychological perspective.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Creators: Lyons, M. and Blanchard, A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: July 2016
Volume: 97
ISSN: 0191-8869
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.025DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Aug 2016 11:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:04
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28287

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