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Machiavellianism and the Dark Traits of Personality: Implications for Organizational and Cyber Security


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In this interview, Dr. Dan Jones discusses the definitions of personality and of traits, dark traits especially Machiavellianism, problems in applied research, implications for organizational and cybersecurity with IBPP editor, Dr. Richard Bloom.

Guest Biography

Dan Jones is an assistant professor in management. He received his Ph.D. in personality/social psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2011. After which, he spent time studying corporate psychopathy as a postdoc and leadership as a visiting scholar. From there, he worked for six years as an assistant professor in Legal Psychology before transitioning to management.

Research Interests: His research primarily focuses on how harmful personalities (in particular, the Dark Triad and Dark Tetrad traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, and sadism), impact management, decision making and human interactions. Although Machiavellianism is particularly emphasized, he explores how each trait influences others and interacts with a variety of situational contexts, such as long- and short-term focus. From an applied perspective, he explores the deceptive attack strategies associated with each trait in a cyber-security context and how best to defend against them. In addition to personality, he is interested in how financial decision making and other aspects of management are influenced by factors such as interpersonal closeness, discretion, morality, and rationalization.