Demystification of the Relationship Between Psychopathy and Happiness

Guillaume Durand*

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Abstract

Recent findings have provided evidence for a negative correlation between psychopathy and happiness. In order to determine if this correlation is generalizable to all subtypes of psychopathy, participants from the community (N = 572) were recruited to examine happiness-related features among males and females by psychopathic subtypes. Examination of the Fearless-Dominance (PPI-I) and Impulsive-Antisociality (PPI-II) subscales of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Short Form provided evidence for two distinct patterns when comparing psychopathic personality traits to happiness-related features. PPI-I was positively correlated with higher durable happiness, presence of a meaning in life, personal growth and hope, and correlated negatively with fluctuating happiness. PPI-II was negatively correlated with durable happiness, presence of a meaning in life, personal growth and hope, and correlated positively with fluctuating happiness and searching for a meaning in life. Despite a few differences, both genders displayed an overall similar pattern between measures of well-being and psychopathic subtypes. Implications for psychopathy regarding the importance of performing analyses by gender and subtypes are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-395
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Psychopathy
  • Community
  • Subtypes
  • Happiness
  • Adaptive features
  • ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY-DISORDER
  • GENDER-DIFFERENCES
  • SELF-REPORT
  • FEARLESS DOMINANCE
  • COLLEGE-STUDENTS
  • SEX-DIFFERENCES
  • SCHEMA THERAPY
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • SHORT-FORM
  • INVENTORY

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