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Love is a losing game: Capacity for love mediates the relationship between the vulnerable dark triad and love styles (2023)
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Blanchard, A. E., & Fino, E. (2023). Love is a losing game: Capacity for love mediates the relationship between the vulnerable dark triad and love styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 215, 112360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2023.112360

Although loving relationships form part of everyday life, the contribution of personality to the dynamics of these relationships remains relatively unexamined. Research has yet to demonstrate how individuals high in vulnerable Dark Triad (DT) traits... Read More about Love is a losing game: Capacity for love mediates the relationship between the vulnerable dark triad and love styles.

The dark tetrad and trait emotional intelligence: Latent profile analysis and relationships with PID-5 maladaptive personality trait domains (2023)
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Fino, E., Popușoi, S. A., Holman, A. C., Blanchard, A., Iliceto, P., & Heym, N. (2023). The dark tetrad and trait emotional intelligence: Latent profile analysis and relationships with PID-5 maladaptive personality trait domains. Personality and Individual Differences, 205, 112092. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2023.112092

Dark traits and emotional intelligence play a key role in contemporary personality theory. Still, the relationship between these models deserves clarification, especially regarding the latent profiles characterized by a mixture of traits from both mo... Read More about The dark tetrad and trait emotional intelligence: Latent profile analysis and relationships with PID-5 maladaptive personality trait domains.

COVID-19 prevention behaviour is differentially motivated by primary psychopathy, grandiose narcissism and vulnerable Dark Triad traits (2022)
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Blanchard, A., Keenan, G., Heym, N., & Sumich, A. (2022). COVID-19 prevention behaviour is differentially motivated by primary psychopathy, grandiose narcissism and vulnerable Dark Triad traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 112060,

Dark Triad traits (psychopathy, narcissism) are associated with nonadherence to COVID-19 prevention measures such as social distancing and wearing face masks, although the psychological mechanisms underpinning this relationship remain unclear. In con... Read More about COVID-19 prevention behaviour is differentially motivated by primary psychopathy, grandiose narcissism and vulnerable Dark Triad traits.

Borderline personality traits in attractive women and wealthy low attractive men are relatively favoured by the opposite sex (2021)
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Blanchard, A. E., Dunn, T. J., & Sumich, A. (2021). Borderline personality traits in attractive women and wealthy low attractive men are relatively favoured by the opposite sex. Personality and Individual Differences, 169, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.109964

Men and women reliably differ on the importance of certain criteria when considering romantic relationships. From an evolutionary perspective that explains sex differences in mating effort and parental investment, men should prioritise attractiveness... Read More about Borderline personality traits in attractive women and wealthy low attractive men are relatively favoured by the opposite sex.

The Dark Empath: Characterising dark traits in the presence of empathy (2021)
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Heym, N., Kibowski, F., Bloxsom, C. A., Blanchard, A., Harper, A., Wallace, L., …Sumich, A. (2021). The Dark Empath: Characterising dark traits in the presence of empathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 169, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110172

A novel psychological construct characterised by high empathy and dark traits: the Dark Empath (DE) is identified and described relative to personality, aggression, dark triad (DT) facets and wellbeing. Participants (n = 991) were assessed for narcis... Read More about The Dark Empath: Characterising dark traits in the presence of empathy.

Existential Threats of Immigration and Terrorism Predict Voting for Brexit and Trump (2020)
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Blanchard, A., Kibowski, F., & Dunn, T. (2020). Existential Threats of Immigration and Terrorism Predict Voting for Brexit and Trump. #Journal not on list, 6, 367–379. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-020-00245-x

The year 2016 witnessed historic political change with the ascension to power of Donald Trump and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (i.e. Brexit). Research has sought to explain these once-deemed unlikely events, yet an evolutionary theoretic... Read More about Existential Threats of Immigration and Terrorism Predict Voting for Brexit and Trump.

Erratum: Corrigendum to Baby was a black sheep: Digit ratio (2D:4D), maternal bonding and primary and secondary psychopathy (Personality and Individual Differences (2016) 99 (67–71)(S0191886916303373)(10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.077)) (2017)
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Blanchard, A. (2017). Erratum: Corrigendum to Baby was a black sheep: Digit ratio (2D:4D), maternal bonding and primary and secondary psychopathy (Personality and Individual Differences (2016) 99 (67–71)(S0191886916303373)(10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.077)). Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 568. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.052

Sex differences between primary and secondary psychopathy, parental bonding, and attachment style (2016)
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Blanchard, A., & Lyons, M. (2016). Sex differences between primary and secondary psychopathy, parental bonding, and attachment style. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 10(1), 56-63. https://doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000065

Sex differences in primary and secondary psychopathic traits and behaviors are consistently evidenced, although less is known about the developmental trajectories of these differences and why they might arise. In this study (N = 362) we investigated... Read More about Sex differences between primary and secondary psychopathy, parental bonding, and attachment style.

Callous-Unemotional Traits Moderate the Relation Between Prenatal Testosterone (2D:4D) and Externalising Behaviours in Children (2016)
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Blanchard, A., & Munoz Centifanti, L. C. (2016). Callous-Unemotional Traits Moderate the Relation Between Prenatal Testosterone (2D:4D) and Externalising Behaviours in Children. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 48, 668–677. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-016-0690-z

Children who exhibit callous-unemotional (CU) traits are identified as developing particularly severe forms of externalising behaviours (EB). A number of risk factors have been identified in the development of CU traits, including biological, physiol... Read More about Callous-Unemotional Traits Moderate the Relation Between Prenatal Testosterone (2D:4D) and Externalising Behaviours in Children.

Baby was a black sheep: Digit ratio (2D:4D), maternal bonding and primary and secondary psychopathy (2016)
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Blanchard, A., Lyons, M., & Centifanti, L. (2016). Baby was a black sheep: Digit ratio (2D:4D), maternal bonding and primary and secondary psychopathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 99, 67-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.077

Psychopathy is generally considered to be a male adaptation. While studies have elucidated a relationship to freely circulating testosterone, less is known about the role of prenatal testosterone (PT) in the development of primary and secondary psych... Read More about Baby was a black sheep: Digit ratio (2D:4D), maternal bonding and primary and secondary psychopathy.

"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 (2016)
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Lyons, M., & Blanchard, A. (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, 40-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.025

ew 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... Read More about "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.

An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible: Primary and secondary psychopathy and mate preference (2015)
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Blanchard, A., Lyons, M., & 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, 128-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.024

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 oth... Read More about An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible: Primary and secondary psychopathy and mate preference.

Birds of a "bad" feather flock together: The Dark Triad and mate choice (2015)
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Jonason, P. K., Lyons, M., & Blanchard, A. (2015). Birds of a "bad" feather flock together: The Dark Triad and mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 78, 34-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.01.018

Previous research on the Dark Triad traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism) has focused solely on the role the Dark Triad traits played in mate choice of actors. The current study (N = 336) extends this by manipulating the appare... Read More about Birds of a "bad" feather flock together: The Dark Triad and mate choice.

An investigation into the relationship between digit length ratio (2D: 4D) and psychopathy (2010)
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Blanchard, A., & Lyons, M. (2010). An investigation into the relationship between digit length ratio (2D: 4D) and psychopathy. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 12(2), 23-31. https://doi.org/10.5042/bjfp.2010.0183

This study investigates whether a higher level of pre‐natal testosterone, as indicated by the 2D: 4D digit ratio, is a correlate of psychopathy and cognitive empathy. The main research hypothesis predicts that 2D: 4D digit ratios will correlate negat... Read More about An investigation into the relationship between digit length ratio (2D: 4D) and psychopathy.