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Disinhibition predicts both psychopathy and entrepreneurial intentions

Benjamin R. Walker, Chris J. Jackson and Genevieve Sovereign

Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2020, vol. 14, issue C

Abstract: Most research has suggested that disinhibition, defined as persistence despite negative feedback, generally leads to dysfunctional outcomes. However, some traits related to disinhibition such as sensation seeking, impulsivity, and risk-taking are also associated with functional outcomes. This study examined 157 full-time workers to determine whether disinhibition positively predicted psychopathy and entrepreneurial intentions, using an adapted Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART) as a measure of disinhibition. This approach was then replicated in a sample of 143 university staff and students. Across both samples, disinhibition was found to predict both subclinical psychopathy and entrepreneurial intentions. These results suggest disinhibition can be a driver that potentially leads to entrepreneurial action or antisocial outcomes.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial intentions; Disinhibition; Cognition; Psychopathy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbvi.2020.e00208

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