The Dark Triad: Making Life Better or Worse?

Tarun Panda


The Dark Triad consists of three negative personality traits, namely, Narcissism, Psychopathy and Machiavellianism. The researches in the Dark Triad have increased since the past decade. Many researches focus on the negative effects of possessing the dark triad on interpersonal relationships. Very less researches focus on the positive effects of the dark triad on the occupational lives of the individuals. This review is conducted with only one aim: to find out whether possessing the dark triad is actually beneficial for an individual or not. Most of the researches that have been conducted on this topic, have shown the negative aspects of having the dark triad. A few researches show how the dark triad is effective for an individual. This review measures the actual effects of the dark triad on the quality of life of an individual. The researches of the past 15 years were studied in this review. It was found that possession of dark triad traits disrupts an individual’s life and creates problems in the social, emotional and occupational areas of his/her life.

Keywords: The Dark Triad, Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, Narcissism.

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