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PSY 355 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age

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Online Bullying: Some Further Considerations

1. Bullying is a Dynamic Process across multiple players

2. Psychological Theories Possibly Involved

  • Social Dominance Theory & "Social Exclusion"
  • Diffusion of Responsibity Theory
  • "Dark Personalities" ("Dark Tetrad")
Bullying Online

Dark Personalities & "Dark Tetrad" Theory

Dark Tetrad
  • Objectionable, disagreeable, noxious
  • Not "clinical" or a mental disorder
  • Originally a triad (Paulhus & Williams, 2002)
  • Tetrad
    • Narcissism
    • Machiavellianism
    • Psychopathy
    • Everyday sadism

Adults Online & the Dark Tetrad

Buckels et al Dark Tetrad Online