The one thing that all DARK personality traits have in common- the ‘D-factor’

As per research from the University of Copenhagen, ‘Dark Triad’ personality traits include sadism, psychopathy, narcissism, or Machiavellianism, while others, also descriptive of a dark core, consist of egoism, spitefulness, and entitlement.

However, is there a unifying ‘factor’ among those dark traits?

Researchers recognize that the so-called D-factor has the potential to be present in a number of morally bankrupt attitudes and behaviors. Furthermore, it is proposed that any ‘dark trait’ will boil down to at least one of the features of the aforementioned ‘factor’.

For instance, a person who has a strong presence of sadistic qualities could have the inclination of putting quite a big emphasis on“maximiz[ing] one’s individual utility — disregarding, accepting, or malevolently provoking disutility for others — accompanied by beliefs that serve as justifications,” or also called, as already mentioned, the D-factor.

Having said that, however, they also argue that any ‘dark trait’ is correlated with at least one (even several) of the defining aspects of the D-factor.

Therefore, there is a considerable ‘common core’ relating individual differences on all measured dark traits.

Furthermore, in a recent paper called “ The Dark Core of Personality,” published in the Psychological Review, 2,500 people were questioned and asked to agree or disagree with statements of the following nature: “It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there,” “It is sometimes worth a little suffering on my part to see others receive the punishment they deserve,” or “I know that I am special because everyone keeps telling me so.”

Participants were also asked about their aggression, impulsivity, and selfish or unethical behavior.

Quite simply put, the endless craving of social and especially financial success (above anything else).

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