The Dark Triad

This page has a collection of articles, essays and reports from popular news sites and academic journals exploring narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychopathy otherwise known as the Dark Traid of personality disorders. The subject headings have been arranged alphabetically. Further addition of articles will be ongoing.

Please also read the following:

The Pathology of Normality I
The Rise of Narcissism and the Loss of Meaning I
The Rise of Narcissism and the Loss of Meaning II
The Rise of Narcissism and the Loss of Meaning III
The Hissy Fit Generation And The Loss of Free Speech IV: The Narcissism Factor (1)
The Hissy Fit Generation And The Loss of Free Speech IV: The Narcissism Factor (2)
The Rape of Conscience: I, Psychopath
The Psychopath: A Different Species? I
The Psychopath: A Different Species? II
The Psychopath: A Different Species? III
The Psychopath: A Different Species? IV
The Female Psychopath I
The Female Psychopath II


The Dark Triad is a phrase you’re unlikely to have heard around the workplace, but it is one of the “buzzwords” in the world of psychology. It refers to three distinct but related personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.

  • Narcissism: narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a hunter who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, and drowned. Narcissistic people can be selfish, boastful, arrogant, lacking in empathy, and hypersensitive to criticism.
  • Machiavellianism: the word comes from the renowned 16th century Italian politician and diplomat Niccolo Machiavelli. He earned notoriety when his 1513 book, “The Prince,” was interpreted as an endorsement of the dark arts of cunning and deceit in diplomacy. Traits associated with Machiavellianism include duplicity, manipulation, self-interest, and a lack of both emotion and morality.
  • Psychopathy: personality traits associated with psychopathy include a lack of empathy or remorse, antisocial behavior, and being manipulative and volatile. It’s important to note that there is a distinction between psychopathic traits and being a psychopath, with its commonly held association with criminal violence.


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Experience has taught the author that evil is similar to disease in nature, although possibly more complex and elusive to our understanding. Its genesis reveals many factors, pathological, especially psychopathological, in character, whose essence medicine and psychology have already studied… [A] comprehension of the essence and genesis of evil generally makes use of data from [biology, medicine, and psychology]. Philosophical reflection alone is insufficient.” (Lobaczewski, 98)

Like a color blind man incapable of distinguishing red from green, a small minority of the human population cannot experience or fully comprehend the normal range of human emotions. And like those color blind who may conceal their condition by using the correct words while not understanding their meaning (e.g., the top traffic light is “red”, the bottom is “green”) – so does this minority conceal their condition by playacting an emotion’s exterior signs (facial expressions, exclamations, body language). However, they do not actually experience the emotion in question. Their deception is revealed in the laboratory, where they respond to words like DEATH, CANCER, DISEASE, as if they were DAY, CREAM, or PAPER. They lack the ability to comprehend the emotional “punch” that certain words contain. They use others’ emotional reactions as cues, and they adjust their behavior to portray the correct ‘emotional’ behavior. (Hare, 129-30)

These individuals are known as psychopaths. Not only can they not feel the pain of others, they often seem to deliberately cause others pain. Lobaczewski refers to this disorder as an “essential psychopathy” to distinguish them from others with deficits in their genetic/instinctual endowment, essential psychopathy being the most severe and disturbing.

Many so-called “antisocial individuals” acquire similar characteristics in their life-time, whether caused by brain damage to certain areas of the brain, or functionally, because of close contact with and influence by such individuals. Lobaczewski terms such individuals characteropaths. The vast majority of both these groups cannot change. The acts that we call evil (especially on a macrosocial level) can be traced back to this deviant minority of human beings and the effects of their actions on their family, friends, and society.”

— See also Psychopathy (Wikipedia)

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Articles, reports and analyses

6 Incredibly Common Misconceptions About Psychopaths

7 Things Covert Psychopaths, Narcissists and Sociopaths Do Differently

A Basic Hypothesis of Psychopaths From The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley (From

Antisocial Children Twin Study Provides More Proof That Psychopathy Is Inherited

Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?

Authoritarianism and Psychopathy

Beyond Insanity

Blame the Brain

Blinded by Darkness – The Collective Denial of Evil And Its Impact

Brain Difference in Psychopaths

Can Psychopaths Be Blamed For Their Actions?

Capitalism: A System Run By and For Psychopaths

Corporate Psychopathy

Deciphering Human Differences

Devils In Disguise

Discussion of Psychopathy Traits: Excerpts From The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley (From

Does Low Serum Cholesterol Cause Psychopathy?

Dr. Laura’s Little Monster

DSM Cluster B disorders

Early Signs of Psychopathy: A New Study of Toddlers Identifies Antecedents of Antisocial Behavior

Economic Neoliberalism Selects For And Glorifies Psychopathic Behaviour

Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation

Female Psychopathy – Equal But Distinct

Foxes and Reptiles – Psychopathy And The Financial Meltdown

From Democracy to Pathocracy The Rise Of The Political Psychopath

From Internet Troll to Psychopathy Expert The Con-Artistry of Thomas Sheridan

How Psychologists Put Us All at Risk by Confusing Categories and Reaching Wrong Conclusions – Is Fear Deficit a Harbinger of Future Psychopaths?

How Psychopaths See Sex and Why

How The Use Of Language Can Reveal The Psychopath

Intelligence Predicts Effectiveness of Psychopath’s Mask of Sanity: New Research

I, Psychopath

Infected by Psychopathy Research Finds Crowdsourcing is Vulnerable to Malicious Behavior

Inside the Psyche of the 1 percent

Inside The Brains of Psychopaths

Is the Psychopathic Brain Hardwired to Harm?

Is There a Psychopath in Your In Your Inbox?

Magnottas Aunt Povides Insight Into Psychopathy

Martha Stout Demolishes Kevin Dutton

Masters of Manipulation Psychopaths Rule The Word

Neurobiological Basis of Psychopathy

Not All Psychopaths Are Criminals

Official Culture in America – A Natural State of Psychopathy? (

On Primary Integration, Psychopathy and The Average Person

On the Nature of Psychopathy – A Thought Experiment

Pathological Relationships Need More Than A Positive Attitude

Political Ponerology – A Book Review (

Ponerology 101 Lobaczewski and the Origins of Political Ponerology

Ponerology 101 Snakes In Suits

Ponerology 101 Psychopathy at Nuremburg

Ponerology 101 Rising to the To Top

Ponerology 101 The Political Psychopath

Ponerology 101 The Truth Behind the War on Terror

Psychologist Adds Scientific Insight to Loaded Label of ‘Psychopath’

Psychopath vs. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Sociopathy

Psychopathic Criminals Are More Likely to be Released From Prison Than Non-psychopaths

Psychopathic Criminals Con Way Into Early Release

Psychopathic Kyriarchy Our Rulers Really Are Unempathic Predators

Psychopaths Among Us

Psychopaths and Big Money

Psychopath’s Brain Structurally Different – Can’t Understand Punishment

Psychopaths Excel in Creating Physical Attractiveness, Suggests Study

Psychopaths Flourish at Top of Corporate Ladder

Psychopaths Have ‘Pot-holed’ Brains

Psychopaths in Sheep’s Clothing An Excerpt from the book In Sheeps Clothing By George K. Simon

Psychopaths Not Mentally Ill and Should Be Held Entirely Responsible Canadian study

Psychopaths Population Sub-set Without Conscience

Psychopaths Unmoved by Words

Psychopaths Wired to Seek Rewards

Psychopathy: An Important Forensic Concept for the 21st Century

Psychopathy and Corporations

Psychopathy and the CEO

Psychopathy and the Hippocampus

Psychopathy Exposed: a Literary Liar and Her Phoney Love

Psychopathy in Action: MGH Psychiatrist’s Work Stirs Debate

Psychopathy Is On The Rise: Almost 90 percent of Israeli Children Reported Experiencing Sexual Violence

Psychopathy of the Animal World Humans and Monkeys Share Machiavellian Intelligence

Psychopathy Shouldn’t Be Treated as an Illness

Psychopathy Traits in Children Becoming ‘Alarmingly Familiar’ to More Parents

Psychopathy’s Double Edge

Scientists Discover Evil People Share a Dark Triad of Traits

See No Evil – Why Is there So little Psychopathy Awareness?

Serial Killers and Politicians

Some Social Workers In Denial About Child Psychopaths

Study: Psychopaths Are Attracted To Other Psychopaths

Super Psychopaths Reign in Politics and Medicine

Surviving the Office Psychopath

Textbook descriptions of George Bush Reveal Psychopathy, and Much Worse

The Corporate Psychopath

The Dark Core of Personality Measured

The Golden Age, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction (

The Hidden Evil: The Psychopathic Influence

The No.1 Myth About Narcissists and Psychopaths – What People Get Wrong

Twins Study Finds Genetic Cause For Psychopathy

Understanding Psychopathic and Sadistic Minds

US Casey Anthony Trial Psychopath or Telling the Truth?

USC Study Finds Faulty Wiring In Psychopaths

Volume Reduction in Prefrontal Gray Matter in Unsuccessful Criminal Psychopaths

Vulnerability and Other Prey of Psychopaths

What Is a Psychopath? (

What Psychopath Means; It is not quite what you may think

Why Elites and Psychopaths are Useless to Society

Why People Fall for Bad Boys And Mean Girls

You Cannot Rehabilitate a Psychopath