Dark Values: The dark Triad in Schwartz’ Value Types

Björn N. Persson
Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, Sweden

Petri J. Kajonius
Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, Sweden

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Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 121:5, s. 82-96

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Publicerad: 2015-01-21

ISBN: 978-91-7519-217-8

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Based on the still not fully understood link between personality traits and values, this study set out to investigate how much the Dark Triad (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy) accounts for Schwartz’s 10 human universal value types. Participants were measured on the Big Five, the Dark Triad, and Schwartz’s values. The results were medium to strong correlations between the Dark Triad in 9 out of the 10 value types. Also, while the Big Five captured between 18–43% of the variance on the value types, the Dark Triad explained up to 23% additional variance, in particular on self-enhancing values. Machiavellianism accounted for most of this additional variance, followed by narcissism, and psychopathy. Consequences and other research directions are discussed.


Dark Triad; universal values; morality; Dark Values


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