Dark Triad of Personality (D3-Short)

1.    It’s not wise to tell your secrets.
2.    People see me as a natural leader.
3.    I like to get revenge on authorities.
4.    I like to use clever manipulation to get my way.
5.    I hate being the center of attention.
6.    I avoid dangerous situations.
7.    Whatever it takes‚ you must get the important people on your side.
8.    Many group activities tend to be dull without me.
9.    Payback needs to be quick and nasty.
10.Avoid direct conflict with others because they may be useful in the future.      
11.I know that I am special because everyone keeps telling me so.
12.People often say I’m out of control.
13.It’s wise to keep track of information that you can use against people later.
14.I like to get acquainted with important people.
15.It’s true that I can be mean to others.
16.You should wait for the right time to get back at people.
17.I feel embarrassed if someone compliments me.
18.People who mess with me always regret it.
19.There are things you should hide from other people because they don’t need to know.
20.I have been compared to famous people.
21.I have never gotten into trouble with the law.
22.Make sure your plans benefit you‚ not others.
23.I am an average person.
24.I enjoy ha‎ving sex with people I hardly know
25.Most people can be manipulated.
26.I insist on getting the respect I deserve.
27.I’ll say anything to get what I want.
Original 41-Item Set
Machiavellianism items
1.    It’s not wise to tell your secrets. (Reputation)
2.    Most people who get ahead in the world lead clean moral lives. (Cynicism)
3.    Generally speaking‚ people won’t work hard unless they have to. (Cynicism)
4.    There’s a sucker born every minute. (Cynicism)
5.    Most people are basically good and kind.* (reversal) (Cynicism)
6.    It’s better to be totally honest than to be successful. (reversal) (Cynicism)
7.    Whatever it takes‚ you must get the important people on your side (Coalition Building)
8.    Avoid direct conflict with others because they may be useful in the future. (Coalition Building)
9.    It’s wise to keep track of information that you can use against people later. (Planning)
10.There are things you should hide from other people to preserve your reputation. (Reputation)
11.You should wait for the right time to get back at people. (Planning)
12.Make sure your plans benefit you‚ not others. (Planning)
13.Most people deserve respect. (reversal) (Cynicism)
Narcissism items
1.    People see me as a natural leader. (Leadership)
2.    I hate being the center of attention. (reversal) (Exhibitionism)
3.    I am an average person. (reversal) (Grandiosity)
4.    I get bored hanging around with ordinary people. (Grandiosity)
5.    Many group activities tend to be dull without me. (Grandiosity)
6.    I know that I am special because everyone keeps telling me so. (Grandiosity)
7.    People often think my stories are boring. (reversal) (Grandiosity)
8.    Those with talent and good looks should not hide them. (Exhibitionism)
9.    I like to get acquainted with important people. (Entitlement)
10.I feel embarrassed if someone compliments me. (reversal) (Exhibitionism)
11.I insist on getting the respect that I deserve. (Entitlement)
12.I have been compared to famous people. (Grandiosity)
13.I am likely to show off if I get the chance. (Exhibitionism)
Psychopathy items
1.    I like to get revenge on authorities. (Antisocial Behavior)
2.    I avoid dangerous situations. (reversal) (Erratic Lifestyle)
3.    I am a thrill seeker. (Erratic Lifestyle)
4.    Payback needs to be quick and nasty. (Callous Affect)
5.    People often say I’m out of control. (Erratic Lifestyle)
6.    My family is proud of everything I do. (reversal) (Antisocial Behavior)
7.    You have to grab things while the opportunity is there. (Short-Term Manipulation)
8.    It’s true that I can be nasty. (Callous Affect)
9.    I get angry if someone turns down ha‎ving sex with me. (Short-Term Manipulation)
10.I hate movies where they show blood and guts. (Callous Affect)
11.People who mess with me always regret it. (Antisocial Behavior)
12.I have never gotten into trouble with the law. (reversal) (Antisocial Behavior)
13.I’ll say anything to get what I want. (Short-Term Manipulation)
14.I’m always feeling guilty. (reversal) (Callous Affect)
15.I like to pick on losers.
 
Machiavellianism (alpha .78)‚ Narcissism (alpha .77)‚ Psychopathy (alpha .80)
 
1- Strongly Disagree‚ 2-Disagree‚ 3- Neither Agree nor Disagree‚ 4- Agree Strongly‚ 5-Agree
Machiavellianism subscale (1‚ 4‚ 7‚ 10‚ 13‚ 16‚ 19‚ 22‚ and 25)
Narcissism subscale (2‚ 5R‚ 8‚ 11‚ 14‚ 17R‚ 20‚ 23R and 26)
Psychopathy subscale (3‚ 6R‚ 9‚ 12‚ 15‚ 18‚ 21R‚ 24 and 27)
 
 

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