The Dark Triad – Psychopathy, Narcissism, and Machiavellianism…a perfect storm.


“Defined as a set of traits that include the tendency to seek admiration and special treatment (otherwise known as narcissism), to be callous and insensitive (psychopathy) and to manipulate others (Machiavellianism)…”

“Jonason and Webster’s Dirty Dozen scale can give you a quick way to spot the Dark Triad individual in your midst. Rate each item on a 7-point scale as you think it applies to this person. Of course, you can also rate yourself on these qualities to see how you measure up:

I tend to manipulate others to get my way.

I tend to lack remorse.

I tend to want others to admire me.

I tend to be unconcerned with the morality of my actions.

I have used deceit or lied to get my way.

I tend to be callous or insensitive.

I have used flattery to get my way.

I tend to seek prestige or status.

I tend to be cynical.

I tend to exploit others toward my own end.

I tend to expect special favors from others.

I want others to pay attention to me.

The total score can range from 12 to 84, but you can also break down the scales into the three traits as follows:  
Machiavellianism= 1, 5, 7, 10; Psychopathy= 2, 4, 6, 9; Narcissism= 3, 8, 11, 12.”


Whitbourne, S. (2013, January 26). Shedding Light on Psychology’s Dark Triad. Retrieved August 4, 2015, from