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Rzhanova I.E. Negative Personality Traits in Millennials

Irina E. Rzhanova, Research Associate, Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia; bld. 9–4, Mokhovaya str., Moscow, Russia, 125009;

Millennials are the first generation in the history of mankind, whose formation was significantly influenced by rapidly developing digital technologies. According to scientific data, millennials manifest themselves as people capable of multitasking, flexible and non-standard solutions, more open and tolerant of uncertainty. Compared to older generations, they are characterized by excessive egocentricity and a higher level of narcissism, they significantly more often prefer external values associated with material well-being and image. The study involved 220 millennials and 433 older generations. To diagnose negative personality traits, the Russian-language version of the Dark Triad questionnaire was used, which makes it possible to assess Machiavellianism, subclinical psychopathy, and subclinical narcissism. The motivational-value sphere was studied using the Schwartz Portrait Questionnaire. When comparing two generations, statistically significant differences in negative personality traits were obtained. Millennials score higher on measures of Machiavellianism, subclinical narcissism, and subclinical psychopathy. The revealed differences can be explained by the influence of two factors. First, the reason for the discrepancy between the two groups may be the age of the respondents. Secondly, the formation of negative traits can be influenced by the socio-cultural conditions of personality development, which are unique for each generation. The nature of the relationship between the Dark Triad and basic values is similar for both groups of respondents. Negative personality traits are negatively associated with values of conservation and self-transcendence and are positively associated with values of change and self-enhancement. The greatest number of links with negative personality traits was found for self-enhancement values.

Key words: Millennials, Dark Triad, values

For citation: Rzhanova, I.E. (2022). Negative Personality Traits in Millennials. New Psychological Research, No. 2, 119–131. DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2022_02_02_07

The article prepared within a state task, project FNRE-2021-0001.

keywords: Millennials, Dark Triad, values

received 18 June 2022

published 18 June 2022

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