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Dark Personalities in the Workplace

  • Book

  • March 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5146385

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.

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Table of Contents

1. Eliminating the Blind Spot: Defining Dark Personalities2. How Not to Attract Dark Personalities in your Organization: Dark Personalities and Career/Organization Choice3. Employee Selection: All That glitters is not Gold4. Performance Appraisal: How to Stop the Dark from Rising5. Leadership and Dark Personalities6. Violence in the Workplace: The Antipersonnel Crime Theory7. Negative Attitudes, Counterproductive Work Behavior, and Corporate Fraud8. Don't be Afraid of the Dark: How to Manage Dark Employees9. Final Thoughts


Cynthia Mathieu Professor of Organizational Behavior, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada. Cynthia Mathieu, PhD, is Professor of Organizational Behavior, Universit� du Qu�bec � Trois-Rivi�res, 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.