The dark triad test relates to certain dark traits.
These are displayed by people that have morally questionable behaviour. Typically, the dark triad consists of three personality traits. Likewise, they all have malevolent connotations: However, recent studies have come up with additional traits that are also indicative of an evil personality. Moreover, researchers now believe there are nine dark traits associated with evil people. Many people share a few of these traits. However, new research suggests that there are a number of people amongst the population that share all of them. Psychologists call this a General Dark Factor of Personality or ‘D-factor’. It is thought that some of these dark triad traits are closely related to one another. In fact, you can see from the explanations that many of the traits share the same descriptors. For instance, there is considerable overlap between narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. One study, in particular, proposed a unifying theme between all the nine dark traits. According to researchers, the D represents: “The general tendency to maximize one’s individual utility — disregarding, accepting, or malevolently provoking disutility for others —, accompanied by beliefs that serve as justifications..” Therefore, the D in D-factor is the basic dark tendencies in a person. In other words, D is the common core of all the dark traits. And if you are wondering about the use of the word utility, it means helping one’s own self to the disadvantage of others. So it doesn’t mean, for example, going to the gym to get fitter, or helping out at a bake sale. Those with a high D-factor score will not help others in need. That is unless it directly benefits themselves. And they certainly won’t be happy for other’s success. So we know that a person with a high D-factor score will display a number of morally, ethically, socially questionable traits. Luckily, we’ve put together a short dark triad test that doesn’t take long to complete. All you have to do is see how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements below. If you are in strong agreement with the majority of the statements, the chances are you would score highly on the D-factor. If you only agree with one or two statements, it is not so likely that you would have a high score. However, be wary. If you are in extremely strong agreement with all of the statements, you will probably rank very highly on the D-factor. And you know what that means! *The above questions come from a range of dark personality tests. This short version is featured here for informational purposes only and can’t be used to diagnose personality disorders like narcissism or psychopathy. References:.
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