New psychology research uncovers why people with “Dark Tetrad” personality traits are more likely to believe conspiracy theories

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A study from the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggests that there may be an underlying, shared feature of dark personality traits that explains why each one is tied to conspiracy belief. The study found that nearly all of the associations between dark traits and conspiracy belief could be partly explained by three mediators: the tendency to uphold odd beliefs, the tendency to distrust others, and a fatalistic attitude. The Dark Tetrad traits describe the anti-social personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism. While all four of these traits des…

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