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Bully-typifying personality traits (the Dark Triad) of workplace bullies are not shared by their victims
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8562-5610
Student MSc at Social and Behavioural Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: PSYSOC-2015 Abstracts Book, 2015, 10- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Bullying in workplaces creates great suffering for the victims and causes major consequences for the workplace atmosphere and the organization. Personality in bullies and their victims is an under-investigated issue, and some researchers have suggested that not only those who bully, but also those feeling bullied may be likely to act aggressively by sharing several bully-typifying personality traits. This investigation set out to compare levels of dark personality traits (“Dark Triad”: Machiavellianism, subclinical psychopathy, and subclinical narcissism) in workplace bullies and their victims. This study comprised 172 employed people (99 women): social workers, engineers, restaurant employees, and security personnel. The study used two questionnaires, Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised (NAQ-R) and Negative Acts Questionnaire-Perpetrators (NAQ-P) to measure who feel bullied and who can be classified as bullies. Dark Triad personality traits were measured using the Short Dark Triad (SD3) self-report measure. Bivariate correlational analyses determined that the NAQ-R was positively associated with the NAQ-P (.27). Participants who reported being the target of workplace bullying were no more likely to act aggressively themselves. The NAQ-P was positively associated with Machiavellianism (.60), subclinical psychopathy (.58) and subclinical narcissism (.54). Negligible associations (.00, .01, -.14) were found between the NAQ-R and these traits. Hierarchical regression analysis indicated that Machiavellianism and subclinical psychopathy, but not subclinical narcissism, related significantly to the NAQ-P. Machiavellianism alone accounted for 36% of the variance in bullying behaviour.

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2015. 10- p.
Keyword [en]
Workplace bullying, NAQ-R, NAQ-P, Machiavellianism, subclinical psychopathy, subclinical narcissism
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9076OAI: diva2:903249
4th World Conference on Psychology & Sociology, 26-28 Nov, 2015, Rome, Italy
Available from: 2016-02-15 Created: 2016-02-15 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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