Here's an intriguing article.
The Light Triad vs. Dark Triad of Personality
Researchers contrast two very different profiles of human nature.
I get the impression many an exploitative religious group is led by one or more dark triad personalities with lots of confidence combined with lack of faith in humanity who are skilled at emitting messages attractive to light triad persons - exactly those persons who who *are* trusting, loving, have faith in humanity.
Because dark triad persons have a strongly manipulative bent this may account for why they excel at marketing themselves and immediately use any new technology that fosters public exposure and manipulates our emotions to their advantage.
The light triad was also correlated with greater “reaction formation,” which is considered by some psychologists as a neurotic defense style (but which I conceptualize in my own work as an aspect of mature altruism). The reaction formation scale consisted of the following items:
“If someone mugged me and stole my money, I’d rather he be helped than punished”
“I often find myself being very nice to people who by all rights I should be angry at.”
While having such “loving kindness” even for one’s enemies is conducive to one’s own well-being, these attitudes, coupled with greater interpersonal guilt, could make those scoring higher on the light triad potentially more open to exploitation and emotional manipulation from those scoring higher on the dark triad.
Indeed, we believe further investigation of the social interactions between extreme light vs. dark triad scorers would be an interesting future line of research.
Corboy: This is what we've been describing on CEI message board!
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