Vulnerable Dark Triad Personality Facets Are Associated with Religious Fundamentalist Tendencies

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.

Dimensions of Religious/Spiritual Well-Being and the dark triad of personality

Background: In general religious/spiritual dimensions were found to be negatively correlated with all kinds of psychiatric disorders, and specifically with depression, suicidal ideation and substance abuse. In contrast to this, the goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between dimensions of Religious/Spiritual Well-being (RSWB) and less favourable aspects of personality, the so-called “Dark Triad” personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy together with general deficits in personality structure.