Vulnerable dark triad personality facets are associated with religious fundamentalist tendencies

Unterrainer, Human-Friedrich, Ruttinger, Johanna, Lewis, Andrew J., Anglim, Jeromy, Fink, Andreas and Kapfhammer, Hans-Peter 2016, Vulnerable dark triad personality facets are associated with religious fundamentalist tendencies, Psychopathology, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 47-52, doi: 10.1159/000443901.

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Title Vulnerable dark triad personality facets are associated with religious fundamentalist tendencies
Author(s) Unterrainer, Human-Friedrich
Ruttinger, Johanna
Lewis, Andrew J.ORCID iD for Lewis, Andrew J.
Anglim, JeromyORCID iD for Anglim, Jeromy
Fink, Andreas
Kapfhammer, Hans-Peter
Journal name Psychopathology
Volume number 49
Issue number 1
Start page 47
End page 52
Total pages 6
Publisher Karger
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1423-033X
Keyword(s) borderline personality
dark triad
science & technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
emotional instability
religious fundamentalism
spiritual well-being
borderline personality
Summary BACKGROUND: This study explores the possibility that religious fundamentalism (RF) may be linked to deficits in personality structure, which is in contrast to the general assumption that religiosity and spirituality are positively related to mature personality development. SAMPLING AND METHODS: To test this hypothesis, 327 (232 female) college students completed the Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being together with the Innsbrucker Religious Fundamentalism Scale. In addition, the 'vulnerable dark triad' of personality ('vulnerable narcissism', subscale of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory; 'secondary psychopathy', subscale of Levenson's Self-Report Psychopathy Scale; 'borderline personality', of the Borderline Personality Inventory) was assessed. RESULTS: In general, the relation between spirituality and healthy personality functioning was confirmed. In addition to greatly overlapping with 'general religiosity' (p < 0.001), RF was also relevantly predicted by narcissistic ('hiding the self') and borderline ('primitive defenses') personality facets (p < 0.05 for both). CONCLUSIONS: Based on these preliminary data, we conclude that specific structural deficits in personality might lead to more rigorous variants of religious/spiritual beliefs such as RF. Further research in clinical surroundings as well as in religious extremist groups is recommended.
Language eng
DOI 10.1159/000443901
Field of Research 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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