What are the most dangerous personality traits?

The CRAM Podcast ~ Extraordinary Ideas Unleashed

07-03-2024 • 36 mins

Have you heard of “The Dark Triad?”  It sounds like a mysterious crime syndicate in a James Bond movie.   But it’s real. The Dark Triad refers to the worst personality traits a person can have.  Narcissism.  Machiavellianism.  Psychopathy.

Think of former U.S. President Donald Trump.  NY financier Bernie Madoff.   Serial killer Paul Bernardo.

Each of them has at least one of these traits according to a researcher who studies personality disorders.

And there’s even a fourth dark trait – sadism.  Put them all together and they form a tetrad of the most dangerous qualities a human can possess.

Renowned personality researcher Delroy Paulhus gives a compelling overview of why we have these human traits, how they’re exhibited, and even more shocking - why no one is exempt from any of these behaviours.


Info on Guest:

Delroy Paulhus is a personality researcher and professor emeritus of the Dept. of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.   For more info: https://psych.ubc.ca/profile/del-paulhus/

An article on the four “dark personalities”: https://paulhuslab.psych.ubc.ca/research/dark-personalities/


Add’l Info:

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