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The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume explores the scientific foundations of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Personality and Individual Differences Part 2: Research Strategies for Studying Personality and Individual Differences Part 3: The Measurement of Personality and Individual Differences With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students.

Measuring the Dark Side of Personality
Measuring the Dark Side of Personality
Beth A. VisserStephanie Campbell

When Paulhus and Williams unveiled the ‘Dark Triad’ of personality in 2002, it led to a resurgence of interest in narcissism, Machiavellianism, and sub-clinical psychopathy, both individually and, more particularly, collectively. The article has been cited almost 2,000 times (Google Scholar, February, 2018), and interest in dark personality traits shows no sign of abating. For example, in 2014, the journal Personality and Individual Differences devoted an issue to the dark triad, and in 2017, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology published a special section on dark personality traits.

When Paulhus and Williams (2002) coined the term ‘Dark Triad’ in relation to personality, their concern was with researchers conflating the traits. They advised ...

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