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Chris Weiss: Loving The Dark Triad – Or, Why Jerks Will Always Be With Us

The Dark Triad of personalities is a group of three personality traits: narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Typically not the sort of person you’d want to hang out with – so why are these traits not only present, but even common among humankind?

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Chris Weiss: Loving The Dark Triad – Or, Why Jerks Will Always Be With Us

  1. 1. Loving the Dark TriadOr, Why Jerks Will Always Be With Us
  2. 2. Jerks Have Been Around a Long Time……But “Jerk” Isn’t a Clinical Term…
  3. 3. Narcissism
  4. 4. Am I A Narcissist?I have a natural talent for influencing people.The thought of ruling the world frightens the hell out of me.I like to be the center of attention.My body is nothing special.I find it easy to manipulate people.Everybody likes to hear my stories.Take it at
  5. 5. Machiavellianism
  6. 6. Am I Machiavellian?Never tell anyone the real reason you did something unless it ituseful to do so.It it wise to flatter important people.Honesty is the best policy in all cases.The best way to handle people it to tell them what they want to hear.Anyone who completely trusts anyone is asking for trouble.Ono should take action only when sure it is morally right.The biggest difference between most criminals and other people isthat criminals are stupid enough to get caught.
  7. 7. Psychopathy
  8. 8. Am I a Psychopath?I find it easy to manipulate peopleI am always impressed by a clever fraudI like to hurt those close to meI try not to be rude to othersI’m a soft-hearted personI’m not afraid to step on other people to get what I wantOn average my friends would probably say I am a kind person
  9. 9. Studies say: you shouldn’t want to hang out with these people…A desire for power and dominance (Bradlee & Emmons, 1992; Foster, Shrira, &Campbell, 2006)Less communally oriented (Campbell, Rudich, & Sedikides, 2002)A lower tendency to feel guilt or shame (Gramzov & Tagney, 1992).Charmers and exploitative (Wilson, Near, & Miller, 1996),Demonstrate less empathy (Barnett & Thompson, 1985)Less willingness to help others in need (Wolfson,1981).An exploitative nature (Mealey, 1995),High levels of egocentrism, impulsivity and irresponsibility and low levels of empathy,shame and guilt (Larson & Buss, 2006).
  10. 10. …But we do
  11. 11. Is Being a Jerk Adaptive?
  12. 12. Growth of the “Game” Industry
  13. 13. Its not about the sex… (Ok, so its not ALL about the sex)
  14. 14. Does one have to be a jerk to succeed?
  15. 15. There is more than one strategy…
  16. 16. Prosocial vs Agentic
  17. 17. Decisive, or Poor Impulse Control?
  18. 18. In small amounts this is actually beneficial!
  19. 19. If you think there are just too many jerks in the world… Change the order of things!