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Why women really do love self-obsessed psychopaths

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Why women really do love self-obsessed psychopaths

Postby Mr S » Sun May 22, 2011 4:59 pm ... 50007.html

The best fictional example of a man with the 'dark triad' of traits, is James Bond

Bad boys, it seems, really do get all the girls. Women might claim they want caring, thoughtful types but scientists have discovered what they really want – self-obsessed, lying psychopaths.

A study has found that men with the "dark triad" of traits – narcissism, thrill- seeking and deceitfulness – are likely to have a larger number of sexual affairs.

Peter Jonason, of New Mexico University in Las Cruces, believes that these traits may have an innate, genetic component that explains why some men seem unable to stop themselves behaving badly.

The dark triad of traits are the self-obsession of narcissism, the impulsive, thrill-seeking and callous behaviour of psychopaths and the deceitful and exploitative nature of Machiavellianism. "We have some evidence these traits may represent a successful evolutionary strategy," Dr Jonason told New Scientist magazine.

Many famous men – from James Dean to Pete Doherty – could be said to show elements of the dark triad of traits, but perhaps the best fictional example is James Bond. "He's clearly disagreeable, very extrovert and likes trying new things – including killing people and new women," Dr Jonason said.

The study subjected 200 college students to personality tests designed to rank them in terms of the dark triad. They were also asked about their sexual relationships, including their attitude towards brief affairs.

Dr Jonason said those with the highest rating in terms of the dark triad tended to have more partners and a greater desire for short-term affairs.

The dark triad approach is one way of maximising a man's reproductive potential by having sex with many females, while not bothering to stick around to help with the children. "The strategy seems to have worked. We still have these traits," Dr Jonason said.

David Schmitt, of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, surveyed 35,000 people in 57 countries and found a similar link. "It is universal across cultures," he said.
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher, 121-180 A.D.
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Postby DaRick » Mon May 23, 2011 11:57 am

If these negative traits are universal across cultures, then wouldn't it mean that people like us (as guys who have these traits to far lesser extents than the 'bad boys') would be unsuccessful in dating, love and sex everywhere? Wouldn't it mean, for example, that Filipinas would simply date Filipinos (many of whom do apparently behave in this manner because there are so many good-looking Filipinas)? Or are the scientists being misquoted?

Anglo women certainly do value these traits, though. No arguments there.
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Postby BellaRuth » Mon May 23, 2011 4:45 pm

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Postby The_Adventurer » Tue May 24, 2011 2:09 am

I agree. Absolute rubbish. These are folks in America finding "proof" to promote the continual breakdown of family and society.
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