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Personality of Incels and its extent as predictor of involvement and activity in the Incel community

Bieselt, Helena Elisabeth (2020) Personality of Incels and its extent as predictor of involvement and activity in the Incel community.

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Abstract:This research explored the Big Five personality characteristics of Incels and the extent to which personality traits predict activity in the Incel community. It was predicted for Incels to score lower on extraversion, openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness and higher on neuroticism than non-Incels. Furthermore, it was hypothesised that a closer fit for this profile would predict more activity and involvement in the Incel community. Using an online survey, a convenience sample of 22 self-identified Incels and 193 non-Incels was gathered. The BFI-XS-2 was used to measure personality traits. Independent samples t-tests were used to compare personality trait differences and simple linear regression analyses explored the relationship between personality traits and activity. The differences between Incels and non-Incels in form of Incels scoring lower on extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness and scoring higher on neuroticism were found to be significant. Furthermore, extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness were found to significantly negatively predict activity, while neuroticism was found to have a significant positive influence. This suggests that interventions aimed at helping Incels or preventing someone to join the Incel community should be tailored to the personality profile. Alternative ways of coping could be designed for members of the Incel community.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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