More f#!%ing rudeness: reliable personality predictors of verbal rudeness and other ugly confrontational behaviors

Anna Park (Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant, based at Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA)
William Ickes (Distinguished Professor, based at Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA)
Rebecca L. Robinson (Graduate Student, based at Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Publication date: 7 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to (1) to identify personality variables that reliably predict verbal rudeness ( i.e by replicating previous findings) and (2) to investigate what personality variables predict more general ugly confrontational behaviors.

Design/methodology/approach

In Study 1, the authors used an online survey to collect information regarding individual differences in social desirability, self-esteem, narcissism, blirtatiousness, behavioral inhibition, behavioral activation, conventional morality (CM), thin-skinned ego defensiveness (TSED), affect intensity for anger and frustration (AIAF), and verbal rudeness. In Study 2, the authors used a similar online survey to collect the same information, but extended the survey questionnaire to include measures of entitlement, psychopathology, Machiavellianism, and a retrospective checklist of ugly confrontational behaviors.

Findings

In Study 1, regression analyses revealed that CM, behavioral inhibition, and behavioral activation reward responsiveness were significant negative predictors of rudeness. AIAF, TSED and behavioral activation drive were significant positive predictors of rudeness. In Study 2, regression analyses revealed that CM was again a significant negative predictor of rudeness. AIAF, and narcissism were significant positive predictors of rudeness. CM also negatively predicted ugly confrontational behaviors, whereas AIAF, blirtatiousness, and Machiavellianism were positive predictors.

Originality/value

Although several measures of aggression exist, the current studies of rudeness and ugly confrontational behavior specifically assess tendencies to abuse strangers. These studies begin to establish a personality profile of the type of person that might abuse strangers.

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Citation

Park, A., Ickes, W. and L. Robinson, R. (2014), "More f#!%ing rudeness: reliable personality predictors of verbal rudeness and other ugly confrontational behaviors", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 26-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-04-2013-0009

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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