The Dark Triad of Personality Characteristics
A dangerous recipe of three personality characteristics exists. Someone possessing these three traits is dangerous as they lack empathy, use people as objects and have a determination to succeed that is devoid of morals and ethics.
These three personality characteristics are:
- Psychopathy – anti social personality, lack of empathy, lack guilt and very impulsive
- Machiavellianism – manipulation and exploitation of others. Often seen is corporate types
- Narcissism – selfish, self absorbed and lacking in empathy
People with these personality traits are brilliant at moving between these three personality traits and only show the side they need to in order to further their aims. They can be heartless and are adept at dissociation whereby they act in a detached way. Acting in a detached way ensure they will have no conscience or guilt over their actions.
Sadly, many CEO’s and Directors of companies possess the dark triad of personality characteristics. Their need for power and status coupled with their lack of empathy ensure they get ahead.
People who possess the dark triad have often experienced a difficult and unloving childhood where these anti social traits will have been fostered. Abuse in childhood is a good predictor of many types of dysfunction in adults. If you know someone who only seems to care about what’s in it for them, offers very little in terms of emotional intelligence and empathy and can cause upset easily without it affecting them, you may know someone with the dark triad.
Relationships are all about give and take, cut your losses (especially if you are in a romantic relationship) and get out!
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