Time wasters? The Dark Tetrad and active procrastination

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Hughes, Sara and Adhikari, Joanna 2021. Time wasters? The Dark Tetrad and active procrastination. Journal of Individual Differences.. 43 (2). https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000357
AuthorsHughes, Sara and Adhikari, Joanna
Abstract

The Dark Triad personality traits have previously been linked with dysfunctional types of procrastination (i.e., delaying certain tasks). From an evolutionary perspective, procrastination is recognized for facilitating a fast life history strategy. The present study investigated links between active and passive procrastination and the extended Dark Tetrad personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism). Participants (N = 357) were invited via Prolific data collection platform and Survey Circle research sites to participate in an online survey exploring personality and procrastination. Path analyses revealed that all Dark Tetrad traits positively predicted several aspects of active procrastination only. Narcissism emerged as the only negative predictor of passive procrastination. Rather than linking these traits with dysfunctional procrastination types only, our results highlight the importance of considering the Dark Tetrad about functional forms of procrastination, which may be more beneficial for facilitating a fast life history strategy

KeywordsBiological Psychiatry; General Psychology; The Dark Tetrad; Procrastination
Year2021
JournalJournal of Individual Differences.
Journal citation43 (2)
PublisherHogrefe Publishing Group
ISSN1614-0001
2151-2299
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000357
Web address (URL)https://econtent.hogrefe.com/doi/pdf/10.1027/1614-0001/a000357
https://shura.shu.ac.uk/29189/
hdl:10545/626180
Output statusPublished
Publication dates10 Dec 2021
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Deposited20 Dec 2021, 10:51
Accepted19 Aug 2021
ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Sheffield Hallam University
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