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Do certain personality traits lead to immoral behavior?

Certain negative personality traits may play a role in the demise of a relationship or marriage. Those same personality traits or personality disorders can also play a big role in how a divorce or other family law proceeding plays out.

Some support for the role of personality traits in negative or immoral behavior was outlined in recent research which found a link between certain personality traits and immoral behaviors.


The study focused on the relationship of personality traits and the the 'seven deadly sins' which include greed, envy, anger, lust, pride, gluttony, and sloth. Depending on the specific personality characteristics, certain individuals may be more likely to put their own priorities above the needs of others, for example. 

There are certain limitations to studies like these, which the researchers admit. First, some participants in the study may not be completely honest when self-reporting immoral behavior. Additionally, many individuals may not be self-aware of certain personality traits that they exhibit or to what extent they exhibit them. 

In the process of an unstable and emotional time like a divorce or a parenting time dispute, an individual with certain personality traits can impede progress and resolution of the matter. Depending on the degree to which they exhibit these behaviors and tendencies, the conflict may be moderate or extreme. 

Understanding or evaluating different personality disorders and traits can help both parties address the behaviors that may get in the way of progress. Sometimes knowing what you are up against is half the battle. 

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