Dark Personalities in the Workplace

Dark Personalities in the Workplace

1st Edition - March 11, 2021

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  • Author: Cynthia Mathieu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128158272
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128158289

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Dark Personalities in the Workplace defines dark personalities, their prevalence in the workplace, and how they are best managed. The book brings together research in psychology and business to both profile these employees and impart best practices for businesses to manage them. Chapters explore narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy in a work context. Coverage includes common behaviors such as incivility, negative attitudes, counterproductive behavior and escalating to harassment, bullying, violence, and fraud. Practical advice is given on how to avoid hiring dark personalities, avoid promoting dark personalities, and how to perform investigations and interventions with dark personalities. With a background in forensic psychology and industrial/organizational psychology, Cynthia Mathieu provides a researched understanding to these personalities, case studies to better understand them, and practical tools and applied solutions for dealing with them.

Key Features

  • Integrates psychology and business literature on dark personalities
  • Identifies common personality features and behaviors
  • Suggests HR protocols to avoid hiring dark personalities
  • Addresses how to manage and review performance for dark personalities
  • Explores the importance of leadership and organizational culture
  • Presents case studies and applied solutions
  • Provides recommendations for investigations and interventions


Researchers and students in the field of personality psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior, leadership psychology, business, and human resource management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Eliminating the Blind Spot: Defining Dark Personalities
    2. How Not to Attract Dark Personalities in your Organization: Dark Personalities and Career/Organization Choice
    3. Employee Selection: All That glitters is not Gold
    4. Performance Appraisal: How to Stop the Dark from Rising
    5. Leadership and Dark Personalities
    6. Violence in the Workplace: The Antipersonnel Crime Theory
    7. Negative Attitudes, Counterproductive Work Behavior, and Corporate Fraud
    8. Don't be Afraid of the Dark: How to Manage Dark Employees
    9. Final Thoughts

Product details

  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: March 11, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128158272
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128158289

About the Author

Cynthia Mathieu

Cynthia Mathieu, PhD, is Professor of Organizational Behavior, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada. She consults with organizations, teaches, and actively engages in research and publications on employee selection and well-being, organizational fraud, leadership, narcissism, and psychopathy in the workplace.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Organizational Behavior, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada

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