An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible: Primary and secondary psychopathy and mate preference

Blanchard, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0449-0425, Lyons, M. and Centifanti, L., 2016. An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible: Primary and secondary psychopathy and mate preference. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, pp. 128-134. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Despite their reputation for taking advantage of other people, previous research shows that psychopathic individuals are attractive for short-term relationships. Furthermore, individuals with psychopathic traits have been found to be attracted to other psychopathic persons in both short and long-term relationships. The current study (N = 258), is the first to extend the investigation further by examining whether these findings pertain to the affective (i.e., primary) or behavioural (i.e., secondary) aspects of psychopathy, and if this varies according to sex. Using a series of personality profiles, we found that men and women evaluated individuals higher in primary or secondary psychopathic traits unattractive for both short and long-term relationships. However, those individuals higher in primary and secondary psychopathic traits found similar partners attractive in short and long-term relationships, and this was strongest in women higher in primary psychopathic traits for long-term relationships, and in women higher in secondary psychopathic traits for short and long-term relationships. Results are discussed from an evolutionary theoretical perspective.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Creators: Blanchard, A., Lyons, M. and Centifanti, L.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: April 2016
Volume: 92
ISSN: 0191-8869
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.024DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Aug 2016 11:25
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:04
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28289

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