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Abstract

This article reports the first step of a Swedish validation process of an American instrument for assessing Aberrant Self-Promotion (ASP), a previously proposed personality profile which is conceptualized as a subclinical form of psychopathy. Psychopathy is, in this view, seen as an extreme expression of normally distributed personality traits. A study that investigated the occurence and frequency of ASP in an American student population using five personality questionnaires combined to form a single instrument was replicated. Contrary to expectations, ASP was found to be more common in Sweden (12%) than in the US (6-11%), and the gender gap in Sweden was larger than the gender gap found in America. Further studies of more gender-balanced and non-self-select samples are called for to verify our results.

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