The Dark Triad

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Instead of doing multiple theories, I’ll be focusing on one this time- the dark triad/human brain. Many people question the brain. I mean if you think about it, the brain is even more complex than we could ever imagine, and we can’t really completely understand the ways things work and some of the things it does. Many people have still tried to give reasons and answer for the seemingly complex question concerning the brain.

As explained by Kohlberg and Piaget, morality grows in stages and personally I can agree with that. For those who don’t really know what morality is, it is “the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.” According to Kohlberg, there are three levels of moral development: pre-conventional stage, conventional stage, and post-conventional. The first stage talks of children at a young age- they have little to no true empathy for others and the reason why they might strive to do the right thing is because they fear punishment for doing the wrong thing, like most normal human beings. The second stage begins when the child’s desire to be seen as “good” starts to slowly develop their decision making skills, or morals, and the last stage is when this said child, or anyone really, tries to question authority and becomes independent in their thinking. This also plays into the development of morals when they begin to decide for themselves what they believe to be true/right, but those ideas seem to not sync with others around them.

Some people believe that our personality can be linked to some “extreme genes” whereas it has been said that it is partially genetic and hereditary. Psychologist have come up with the term “the dark triad” to given a name to this strange outcome. The three traits, hint triad, that make it up are Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, and Narcissism. Basically, if you’re bad enough to be put into this triad, you’re most likely going to be a “merciless, cunning, and cold-hearted criminal.”

None of this is actually proven, obviously, but research shows that most convicted felons exhibit these traits that make up the triad. Maybe we’re starting to get onto something. In fact, psychologists Jonason and Webster are attempting to create a scale that can easily call out these dark traits.

Not only does this obviously affect the person diagnosed with these traits, but say they have a best friend then the mental health of this “friend” probably isn’t in great shape either. Even though this sounds strange, people who have these traits might not have lower self-esteem then others, but their view of themselves is faulty. There’s more to uncover in this “dark triad” and the psychologists have only just started.

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