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|
What is THE DARK TRIAD?
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)
The following two-part video is derived from Dr. Anna Salter’s book Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders. You can visit her website at: www.annasalter.com/ Be warned: albeit essential information, it’s disturbing viewing.
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 Sott.net)
Antisocial Children Twin Study Provides More Proof That Psychopathy Is Inherited
Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?
Authoritarianism and Psychopathy
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
Discussion of Psychopathy Traits: Excerpts From The Mask of Sanity, by Hervey Cleckley (From Sott.net)
Does Low Serum Cholesterol Cause Psychopathy?
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
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? (Sott.net)
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 (Sott.net)
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
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 Wired to Seek Rewards
Psychopathy: An Important Forensic Concept for the 21st Century
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
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 Dark Core of Personality Measured
The Golden Age, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction (Sott.net)
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? (Sott.net)
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