Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Why Are Narcissitic, Machiavellian Psychopaths So Attractive?

"Next Holtzman and Strube assessed the students’ personalities and their tendencies towards narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. They asked the students to rate themselves and to provide email addresses for a few of their friends so that the researchers could ask them to provide ratings as well. This combination of self and peer ratings was used to calculate a final set personality scores for each student. Furthermore, the students’ ratings on narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism were combined into create a composite 'dark triad' score. The dark triad score was positively correlated with their 'dressed-up' attractiveness – a finding that mirrors previous findings. However, the dark triad score was not related to ratings of physical attractiveness in the dressed-down photos. In other words, people with dark personality traits are not seen as more physically attractive than others when you take away their freedom to wear their own clothes and makeup. People with dark personalities seem to be better at making themselves physically appealing."
Some might say that I am a shallow, self-centered, scheming womanizer with a heart as icey-cold as my piercing blue eyes. Science says that I simply care about my appearance.

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davidwatts (#72)

"Study shows vain people care how they look." Thanks!

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

Narcissistic, Machiavellian psychopaths are attractive? Looking at, say, Eric Cantor, Dick Cheney, or Karl Rove, I'd never have guessed.

Anarcissie (#3,748)

Psychopaths are attractive, often, indeed, quite charming, because they are completely free of guilt. As for their appearance, psychopaths, having no instinct for dealing with other humans empathetically, have to learn, on a rational, cognitive level, every possible tactic and trick to get along socially, and some of them get very good at it.

flupper (#247,543)

Narcissism and Machiavellianism are two treats, which don't go together. The narcissist has little self image, he has some image, but it is warped in a grandiose way. The high mach has good knowledge of himself. He is more grounded in reality.

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