The Dark Triad: War & Power

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Introduction to The Dark Triad:
You can see how Dark Triad you are by clicking here. The link goes to an external site. The “short dark triad test” is an official test developed in 2011 by Delroy Paulhus and Daniel N. Jones to provide a more uniform assessment of dark triad characteristics. Of particular interest in the context of the red pill thought is research on the dark triad mating strategy.

If you like, feel free to share your result in the comments. As a point of gentle introduction, the general overview will describe the dark triad to those looking to acquaint themselves with, and understand the dark triad concept at the most basic of levels.

Understanding the Triad:
This is a series of articles which explains the characteristics of each dark triad trait in detail, giving examples of each trait in action.

The Application of the Triad:
The Application of the Triad is a series of articles which explains what is necessary to incorporate the dark triad into your persona by presenting ideas and methodologies which facilitate the endeavour.

Dark Triad Women:
Women have their own flavour of dark triad behaviour which heavily features and incorporates sexuality, sensualism and emotionalism. In light of this, the feminine manifestation of the dark triad is deemed unique enough to warrant its own area of interest.

Miscellaneous Dark Triad:

The 48 Laws of Power Essay Archive:

The intent of my essays is to expand upon the principles laid out in the 48 Laws of Power. The essays aim to offer additional insights, parallels, examples and nuances in Machiavellian strategy that go beyond the explanation of the book. The focus is on the explanation of strategy and its exemplification. Concepts and gambits are thoroughly fleshed out rather than briefly alluded to and left for the reader to subjectively interpret. As such, the interpretation is my own.

  • Law 01 – “Never Outshine the Master 
    [Category style: interpersonal relations, power structures, hierarchy, reputation, trust building, mentorship, favour]

Bullet Point Notes on The 48 Laws of Power:

81 comments

    1. 13/40 on psychopathy
      28/40 narcissism
      100/100 on Machiavellianism
      Love this forum! Since a year, I have discovered the personality trait of machiavellianism, done extensive research on it, and am perfecting my skills of deception and manipulation. I have all of Robert Greenes books, as well as other books on manipulation. This blog is very intriguing and helpful, and I am great flu for its existence. Please continue your updates!

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  1. It’s paradoxical to try and bring any kind of progress from attempting to harness/weaponize the effects that the dark triad personality traits bring to any interpersonal relationship. For anyone who stumbles across this site who wishes to do just this, in order to make up for what they feel they formally lack – here is a message: You are already beyond the point of no return in regards to the depth you have ventured down this particular rabbit hole, be afraid of that. Even though they may be few and far between, there will always be more educated and perceptive people out there who will see you for exactly what you are. Don’t ever doubt that. People like you are common, this world already has enough deceit and betrayal to last it the endurance of its existence. Hiding behind fear and manipulation is gutless and weak, the opposite of what you think you will become.

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    1. Just a note: Although I disagree with your viewpoint, I will allow it in the interest of fair debate should anyone wish to form a sufficient counter-argument. I have a piece on ethics coming up in the future, if you’re a regular you may enjoy it.

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      1. Yeah he was disingenuous and resorted to shaming tactics. Like would that silly little gambit really stop me from writing about what I do? It’s offensive to my intelligence to think anything quite so pathetically transparent could.

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        1. Scored : 4s in all three.
          Pretty easy to improve scores by repeating the test.
          Although according to scholars, people usually have more than two ways of thinking on a topic. So at the particular moment what we chose decides the outcome..

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    2. “People like you are common”

      People like what are common? People who disregard the intellectually conventional in pursuit of self-improvement… I think not.
      OP has called for a ‘sufficient counter-argument’, but your post is delusive. It lacks any real argument.
      All you have done is present self-evident statements dressed in grandeur and finalise your condemnation with an unsupported claim; and so I shall simply quote Christopher Hitchens in this rebuke — “What can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

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    3. Amen. It is very useful to get a good handle on what these turds are up to, simply in order to slap them back down. I used to wonder at what kind of petty ante, petty ass, asinine drivel people have gotten up to? If they actually succeeded, then they will simply become a false personality, with a mask frozen firmly in place. When I encounter fake people, I simply fiind them distasteful, and their falsity abhorently disrespectful.

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    4. Your intent is noble, however it is flawed because it’s based on a non-realistic worldview.

      Simple thought experiment: should a child being bullied at school not learn coping strategies that can relieve him of his misery, because “you shouldn’t hit back”? Should he/she live out school in abject misery and probably most of adulthood too? Maybe even commit suicide? Personally I’d teach my kid how to stand up to these bullies so they’re left alone. You’d probably say the “right way” would be to get the kid to tell the authorities who would then ‘correct’ the bully. Such a strategy is not realistic – some people can’t be reasoned with.

      Kindness, compassion, vulnerability etc should be met with similar behaviour. However in the fucked up society we’ve created it’s more often viewed as weakness.

      I learned about Machiavellianism to stop nasty people abusing my good nature, which has happened time and again in my life. I learned/am learning how to make people not fuck with me and as a result I’m happier and ironically, I give a more positive contribution to the world.

      Whether a person takes it a step further to cause harm to good people, well that is their choice. Probably many happy people in your life are mach as fuck – you sort of have to be to be socially successful. But because they have this shit innately, they aren’t judged. But IM is not to blame for merely providing the information/tools to people who don’t naturally have these traits.

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  2. I’m sure that you are more than capable of inferring from the quite deliberate attitude of my last comment that I am not, and never will be, a ‘regular’. It is however a great shame that an individual like yourself, as bright and eloquent as you are, has resorted to this broken process of thinking. Intellectuals must police themselves with a degree of militancy…or they become the sour taste in the back of the throat of humanity. I urge you to use a combination of heart and logic to re-address the philosophical position that you currently find yourself in.

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    1. If I didn’t use a combination of heart and logic to “address my philosophical position” I wouldn’t be approving your comments or talking to you with any degree of seriousness. I’d simply disregard you with self-importance. I’d be censoring you/ignoring you.

      I am fine and I am happy with my position, believing I have found an amicable balance. I may be no spring chicken, but I’m hardly Scarface either. You have a narrow view of psychopathy and manipulation it would seem. They can be forces for good if you know how to wield them. There is a lot of nuance in Machiavellianism and Psychopathy and it’s not all bad. I highly recommend you read the writings of Professor Kevin Dutton from Oxford University and specifically his work on the “Good Psychopath” concept.

      Your assumption that psychopathy and machiavellianism are bad is rationally flawed. The only trait I identify as inherently bad is sadism, and I do not blog about it as such. Right now you’re preaching to the choir. Save your disdain for those who fully manifest the ugliest sides of psychopathy, such as the low IQ individuals in prison. Not bloggers rational, balanced and stable enough to help people tap into their dark side in order to be more effective. I understand your visceral instinctive revulsion, but it is misplaced.

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      1. You just wrecked him.

        As I said in a previous comment or alluded to – I am very much moral based and principled.

        If you live in a democratic state in the Western world. Life is pretty easy. You don’t actually have to be immoral to live a great life.

        If you are trying to achieve great success however you do have to be able to defend yourself in the face of immoral, culturally different and irrational humans.

        Not sure why all of you assume people who want to learn how to be better socially and how to command respect from colleagues/co-workers/clients etc etc intrinsically makes you bad.

        It’s a silly thing to say and I kind of imagine all people who say stuff like this to be 40 year olds masturbating in their room after a tough divorce.

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  3. I’m not sure about others but this is perfectly true. I really appreciate the content. I will not post my test results here, as it might seriously alarm some of the saints in this section trying to prove you wrong.
    Nice work trying to put all that together.

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    1. Everyone whom I have come across who has tried to apply these principles and techniques has held a morality is for chumps and losers kind of an attitude. And all of them have been losers. I do not know any winners who hold these types of attitudes and principles, and the individuals who work for them, who may hold these attitudes and principles, are typically people that they have to keep an eye on.

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  4. I don’t remember my results from a couple months ago when I first visited — something like N3, M3, P2 — but was pleasantly surprised enough to come back.

    So thanks for what you do here. But I’m curious about your opinion on what appears to me to be ongoing investigations (not exactly recent, just relatively so) into “adverse” and/or “toxic” behaviours/ideals/traits, with the Triad being called out very specifically time and again. I’m very new to all this, but my own initial research seems to shake out that the goal of these studies is to root out Triadic persons so that measures can be taken against them. Especially in the workplace.

    This does not surprise me of course, but is disgruntling at the least. One thought I have is that those who incorporate only the negative and destructive behaviours of the Triad warrant this reaction. Basically, they’re making us all look . . . well . . . bad. Then again, perhaps they exist to take the brunt of the attack and leave the more clever of us intact!

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  5. “Dark Triad Books – We’ll see what the future holds.”

    Ah! I’m glad that you’re contemplating exploiting this niche market. Given the drama over Roosh monetizing the manosphere, the eventual release of your more vanilla articles in book form may be delayed a little if you wish to optimize. On the other hand, there’s no competition on the triad topics.

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  6. N 2.9

    M 3.1

    P 2.2

    I already knew I wasn’t a psychopath or had much of the psychopathic tendencies, but I didn’t know about the other two personality traits. Apparently I scored highest on Machiavellianism, a side of the dark triad personality traits I hadn’t studied much up until now. I mostly looked into psychopathy and wrongly assumed Machiavellianism for psychopathy as I had never read about it. I put up a front for people to see, very few people know the real me and my secrets. I have always used peoples ignorance and lack of knowledge about me to better control people and to some degree it works, but I hope I’ll be more successful at it as I practise Machiavellianism more.

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  7. “Utilising the Triad – Narcissism!” i think narcisim is always usenless , beacuse a person cant run out of real word or real IO what do you think ?
    why did not write this post?

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    1. I took their psychopathy test and I got:

      Your score from primary psychopathy has been calculated as 4.4. Primary psychopathy is the affective aspects of psychopathy; a lack of empathy for other people and tolerance for antisocial orientations.

      Your score from secondary psychopathy has been calculated as 3.6. Secondary psychopathy is the antisocial aspects of psychopathy; rule breaking and a lack of effort towards socially rewarded behavior.

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  8. While there are a few entries that don’t meet the following, I have noticed a general pattern of two “types” of results posted here:

    1) All three scores relatively balanced.
    2) N and P being close to equal, with M significantly higher.

    I’m curious if this (perceived) general consistency of any significance? (I ask, as the “sample group” in your website is obviously not large enough for me to formulate any definitive conclusions, especially considering I’m new to your blog and this line of reasoning.)

    However, there is a definitive conclusion with regards to my own rather juvenile results:

    N = 1.9
    M = 3.2
    P = 2.0

    Apparently I have much work to do, as anticipated; hence why I am here.

    -GXcX

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    1. The test is compiled by academics who have no affiliation to this blog. What were your results? Higher than you expected? This site is designed for people who are mentally and intellectually strong enough to entertain controversial and abstract ideas. Going by your previous comment, which I deleted, that probably isn’t you.

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  9. 2.8
    3.8
    3.0

    Mmm. I felt that my 3.0 needs to be higher. I am a tad emotional in some circumstances. It is only when i am in thr presence of people who hold immense power and influence or i am conversing about a subject which i very much love.

    I am 20 years old. Asian.
    Born in the city.

    Creative industry is what i am pursuing

    Have a nice day

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  10. My results:

    1.4 N, 9th %ile
    3.0 M, 62dn %ile
    0.9 P, 3rd %ile

    It seems as though many people (especially here) are scoring much higher on Machiavellianism than on the other two metrics.

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  11. Narcissism: 4 Percentile 100%
    Machiavellianism:3.2 Percentile 74%
    Psychopathy: 3.7 Percentile 92%

    I came across your website through Twitter and read all of your articles in a matter of days. Your writing has described all of my life, actions, relationships, word for word. Thank you for everything that you do.

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  12. Seeing all the high numbers in these comments, particularly in psychopathy, is quite disconcerting to me. I suspect this is not indicative of the population at large, but it does make me wonder if such attitudes are more prevalent than I realize.

    The dark triad philosophy on the whole – while some aspects may be useful for increasing confidence and ‘taking control of your life’ – seems quite negative and counter-productive to leading a happy and fulfilling life.

    1.1 N
    1.7 M
    0.4 P

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  13. Covert Cerebral Narcissist mutated to (High Mach) ”Never” go down to an empaths level – 97% mach – 100% narcissist

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  14. I first posted my (eye-opening) results here on 15 September 2015. They were:

    Narc — 0.7 (1%)
    Mach — 1.7 (14%)
    Psyc — 1.0 (3%)

    I’ve just taken the test again. It’s been 15 months since I first took the test; in that time, I’ve read your entire blog, follow your Tweets, read three of Robert Greene’s books and done other related readings. Here’s what my results are now:

    Narc — 2.2 (26%)
    Mach — 3.4 (84%)
    Psyc — 1.8 (15%)

    Thanks for your blog! Excellent work, my man.

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  15. Narcissism: 3.9 (97%)
    Machevellianism: 4 (100%)
    Psychopathy: 3.7 (92%)

    I have been diagnosed with APD, so I can’t really say that I’m surprised.

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  16. Narcissism: 2.4 (35%)

    Machiavellianism: 2.1 (23%)

    Psychopathy: 1.4 (9%)

    Although I have no malintent, I do have my streaks of gray. I am narcissistic in behavior, maybe not by motive though (with some feelings of entitlement). Not sure if that even makes sense. However, I would like to dwell more into Narcissism and use those factors as a positive means. I will definitely read on your essays in regard to all of this.

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