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Identifying the manipulative mating methods associated with psychopathic traits and BPD features.

Centifanti (née Muñoz), L.C. and Thomson, N. and Kwok, A. (2016) 'Identifying the manipulative mating methods associated with psychopathic traits and BPD features.', Journal of personality disorders., 30 (6). pp. 721-741.


Psychopathy and borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits are associated with coercion and manipulation within relationships. The authors investigated whether BPD traits were uniquely associated with manipulation for emotional closeness whereas psychopathy was used for the purpose of attaining physical closeness. A community sample (N = 164) reported on mating behaviors, psychopathic traits, and BPD traits. Hierarchical regressions were conducted to predict mating behaviors that would account for the overlap between psychopathy and BPD. Total psychopathic traits were associated with lower levels of relationship exclusivity, greater use of partner poaching, and perpetration of sexual coercion. Specifically, callousness and egocentricity were related to lower relationship exclusivity. BPD traits were associated with the use of mate retention strategies, mate poaching, and victimization in sexual coercion. These findings indicate that manipulative mating behaviors encompass tools to achieve sex and intimacy. Those with BPD traits use these tools for emotional closeness, whereas those with psychopathic traits use them to obtain physical closeness and gratification.

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Date accepted:01 June 2015
Date deposited:16 June 2015
Date of first online publication:01 December 2015
Date first made open access:23 June 2021

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