This article presents a research work focused on the factors that favor the non-consensual dissemination of intimate images, known as revenge porn. Research has highlighted the role played in this context by the Dark Triad, however, given the compatibility of psychopathic, Machiavellian and narcissistic traits with the attitudes of dehumanization in romantic relationships, we believed that this factor plays an important role in the inclination towards revenge porn. Objective: we hypothesized that dehumanization in romantic relationships may be correlated with Dark Triad traits and revenge porn proclivity, and that dehumanization may be a mediating factor between Dark Triad personality traits and revenge porn propensity. Method: A sexually active sample of 213 subjects, aged 18- 66 years, was recruited (M = 33.08, SD = 9.87). Results: Results show a correlation between the dehumanization factor with Dark Triad personality traits and the revenge porn proclivity scale. The revenge porn proclivity shows correlations with all the previous variables except the narcissistic personality trait. Dehumanization is confirmed as a mediator between Dark Triad traits and revenge porn proclivity.
Keywords: revenge porn; Dark Triad; dehumanization; narcissism; psychopathy; machiavellianism.