Dark Triad Personality Traits: Evaluation of Self versus Others among Employees in Malaysia

Ciri-ciri Personaliti Triad Gelap: Penilaian Diri Berbanding Orang Lain Dikalangan Pekerja di Malaysia


  • Ida Rosnita Ismail


Dark Triad, Personality Traits, Narcissism, Machiavellianism, Psychopathy


The major organizational research streamline has been directed towards understanding the nature, causes, and consequences of positive work behavior. In the workplace, however, negative work behavior is also a concern to many employees. Past literature found that various factors contribute to the occurrence of these dark behaviors. Negative personality traits, especially the Dark Triad, have been found to be significant predictors to the dark behaviors. Despite the numerous investigations, little attempt has been done to examine the evaluation of oneself and others on the Dark Triad traits. Therefore, this study aims at to fulfill the gap guided by the following research questions: to what extent do employees believe that they possess the Dark Triad traits and to what extent do employees favorably rate themselves possessing less Dark Triad traits compared to their colleagues at work? Paired data were collected from a sample of 64 part time MBA students from a large Malaysian university who work in various industries. Results of frequency analysis and Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test show that respondents believed that they possessed the Dark Triad traits, and they rated highly on themselves rather than the known others on all components of the Dark Triad traits. Implications of the findings and future study recommendations were discussed.

Penyelarasan penyelidikan utama organisasi telah diarahkan untuk memahami sifat, sebab, dan akibat dari tingkah laku kerja yang positif. Walaubagaimanapun, di tempat kerja, kelakuan kerja yang negatif juga menjadi kebimbangan kepada ramai pekerja. Kajian lepas mendapati pelbagai faktor telah menyumbang kepada berlakunya tingkah laku gelap ini. Ciri-ciri keperibadian negatif, terutamanya Triad Gelap, telah dijumpai sebagai peramal penting kepada tingkah laku gelap. Walaupun banyak penyiasatan, usaha kecil telah dilakukan untuk mengkaji penilaian diri sendiri dan orang lain mengenai ciri-ciri Triad Gelap. Oleh itu, kajian ini bertujuan untuk memenuhi jurang yang dipandu oleh soalan-soalan penyelidikan berikut: sejauh manakah pekerja percaya bahawa mereka memiliki ciri-ciri Triad Gelap dan sejauh manakah pekerja menganggap bahawa mereka mempunyai ciri-ciri kurang Triad Gelap dibandingkan dengan rakan-rakan mereka di tempat kerja ? Data untuk kajian ini dikumpulkan dari sampel 64 orang pelajar MBA dari sebuah universiti terkemuka di Malaysia yang bekerja di pelbagai industri. Keputusan analisis kekerapan dan Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test menunjukkan bahawa responden percaya bahawa mereka memiliki ciri-ciri Triad Gelap, dan mereka diberi nilai tinggi pada diri mereka sendiri dan bukannya yang lain yang diketahui pada semua komponen sifat Triad Gelap. Implikasi penemuan dan cadangan kajian masa depan telah dibincangkan.





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Ismail, I. R. . (2018). Dark Triad Personality Traits: Evaluation of Self versus Others among Employees in Malaysia: Ciri-ciri Personaliti Triad Gelap: Penilaian Diri Berbanding Orang Lain Dikalangan Pekerja di Malaysia. Journal of Management and Muamalah , 8(2), 12-24. Retrieved from http://jmm.kuisjournal.com/index.php/jurnal/article/view/38