Speaking of dark. Could you tell us about the dark Triad?
Yeah, so the dark Triad. So we've been talking about (expletive) differences on average but there are critical with insects individual differences. And the dark. Triad is one of the most important ones, the dark Triad consists of three personality characteristics. So narcissistic ISM machiavellianism and psychopathy Hallmarks of narcissism or things. Like a grandiosity person thinks that there are more intelligent, more attractive, more dazzling, more Charming than they actually are. I think they're the greatest person since sliced, bread. Importantly, with narcissism. You also get a sense of entitlement. So they feel entitled to a larger share of the pie, whether that be the financial pie, the status By or the sexual pie machiavellianism is high scores tend to pursue an exploited of social strategy. So they might feign cooperation, but then cheat, you know, on subsequent moves. They view other people as pawns to be manipulated for their own instrumental gains. And then psychopathy one of the Hallmarks of psychopathy is a lack of empathy. So most people have a normal empathy. Cookware. If a child falls down and gets hurt. We feel compassion for the harm that that person is undergoing. Or if a puppy gets hit by a car or whatever. We feel compassion, Psychopaths dumb, though. That is those high on this. (expletive). It's a dimensional thing. It's not a categorical thing. So those high and psychopathy basically lack empathy. And so if you combine these qualities, narcissism psychopathy and Mac environment machiavellianism, you have some very bad dudes. And I say bad dudes because men tend to score higher in these things than women, especially on the psychopathy Dimension. So when you talk about clinical levels of psychopathy, it's estimated to be something like 1% of women. And about four percent of men said, men are much higher than that. So why is this important? Well, it's important in The Mating context. As those who are high on dark Triad traits, tend to be sexual deceivers for one. So they're very often, very Charming, very good at seducing women, and then abandoning them sometimes with after fleecing them or draining their bank account. They're very good at at The Art of Seduction. They are also tend to be Sexual harassers, serial sexual harassers, and sexual coerce others. So when it comes to forms of sexual violence, hi dark Triad guys, tend to be perpetrators of this and so like most men I think would be find it. Ethically abhorrent to sexually harass a a woman in the workplace, dark Triad guys, import maybe they feel entitled to it and and and import they do. I think some cases that I report in the book. There are like literal descriptions where the guys are writing in these journals. All I knew she was attracted to me, you know, that's why she she met me in the Xerox room. Just when I was there because she wanted to admire my bulging biceps or whatever is all about them. Yeah, and they, and this gets into bias that I talked about, which is the male sexual misperception bias, where woman Smiles at a man man, think. So. She's She wants my body. She's attracted to me. And women are thinking, I'm just being friendly, I'm being polite or professional, but these guys hide our try guys are more susceptible to the sexual over perception bias, and they literally believe that the woman is attracted to them and sending them signals, green light to sexually approach. And so if you combined dark Triad traits with the dispositional purse, Of a short-term mating strategy. That's an especially deadly combination. That's when you get sexual harassment, sexual coercion. So these are very bad dudes. Also predictors of intimate partner violence. What?
What? Approximate frequency in the male population. Or these have all three of the dark Triad traits and I realize that they're on a Continuum sociology.
Absolutely. That's why you can't say. Yeah. Because they are on a Continuum and it's sort of arbitrary where you where you draw the line. But but I think it's a it's a minority of man. It's a subset of men who commit the vast majority of these acts of sexual violence. And that's why it's not like if you look at victims of sexual violence are more numerous than the perpetrators of sexual violence, because the perpetrators tend to be serial offenders. So to speak one guy in the workplace harassing 15 different women, one guy, sexually coercing, you know, Once that's why you have like in well, known cases, in the news, like Harvey Weinstein, you know, probably over 100 different. Women Bill, Cosby Jeffrey Epstein. Some of these more famous cases. These are large number of victims, but pretty much Soul. So, you know the perpetrators and there's no question that these guys like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein were definitely high on dark Triad traits.
The 'Dark Triad' Traits: Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, & Narcissism
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