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Laughing at Myself

July 30, 2013
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Screen Shot 2013-07-28 at 12.03.25 AMIt started off by reading an article about night-owls of which I am one.  I admit that I am one.  Part of the character traits that show up in this extremely flawed study is that night-owls are made up of the Dark Triad Traits.  Now, I wholly enjoy writing about individuals with Dark Triad Traits.  They make wonderful villains when writing fiction.  In fact, the first bad guy in my first murder mystery is a serial killer.  He has all of the Dark Triad Traits. Funny thing, I have him as something of a night owl.

Dark Triad Traits are fun.  I guess that’s why I enjoy writing about politics. Let’s face it, so darn many of the politicians we love to hate have these qualities, none no more so than Mitt Romney.  Let’s put it this way, these traits are the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Eric Cruz, Michele Bachmann, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Steve King, Louis Gohmert and so forth and so on.

“...The Dark Triad is a group of three personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy, all of which are interpersonally aversive. The Dark Triad refers to three theoretically distinct but empirically overlapping personality constructs. The term reflects the perception that these three diagnostic categories have at least some common underlying factors:

The narcissistic personality (in the clinical sense) is characterized by a grandiose self-view, a sense of entitlement, lack of empathy, and egotism. Some theories, such as those of Heinz Kohut, associate it with the protection of a radically weak, shamed, or damaged self.

The Machiavellian personality is characterized by manipulation and exploitation of others, with a cynical disregard for morality and a focus on self-interest and deception. The psychopathic personality is characterized by impulsive thrill-seeking, and in its “primary” form by selfishness, callousness, lack of personal affect, superficial charm, and remorselessness.

All three characters involve a callous-manipulative interpersonal style, and are considered aversive. Jakobwitz and Egan carried out a factor analysis and found agreeableness strongly dissociated with all dark triad personality types, but other factors (neuroticism, lack of conscientiousness) were associated only with some members of the triad. However, more recent evidence suggests that agreeableness has nothing to do with the core of the Dark Triad. Instead the common variance is accounted for by callousness and manipulation, otherwise known as “Factor 1″ of psychopathy according to Hare. In other words, once callousness and manipulation are accounted for, the Dark Triad characteristics are unrelated to each other…”

FYI:  I took an online personality test to see if I was Dark Triad.  Nope, not even close.  I’m 23% Machiavellianism, 38% Narcissism, 10% Psychopathy!  The Narcissism score bothered me, then I saw that I am only higher than 8% of the population, so I guess I’m not all that much of a narcissistic.

Machiavellianism
25% is roughly normal range.
60% of more is the level for a personality disorder.
Narcissism
25% is roughly normal range.
60% or more is the level for a personality disorder.
Psychopathy
20% is roughly normal range.
Non-psychopathic compulsive criminals range between 45% and 55%.
If you have a score of 75% or more, it’s more than likely that you are a psychopath.

In other words, I like the qualities in life to get rich.  I’ll never win an election, and probably won’t be admired for much of anything. The worst part of it is I just don’t care.

Johns Hopkins Newsletter

Johns Hopkins Newsletter

Instead, my personality type should just come out as a Vulcan.  I’m a ‘hand-raiser’.  I wouldn’t pay much attention to it, but this just fit me, almost exactly.  This was me in school.  I had one teacher who told me to stop raising my hand.  I had an A+ in the class and he wanted other kids to have a chance.  He would give me books to read during class.  He’s the one who pushed me into politics and turned me into a writer.

I think this is just plain funny.  It is me.

“…You are the Hand-Raiser, that annoying kid in class who always had an answer for everything. No doubt, as a child you probably sat in the front of the class, anxiously waving your hand back and forth in the air while your teacher desperately tried to avoid calling on you because you were the ONLY fucking kid that answered her questions. Clearly, the key traits of your personality are your rationality and your extroversion. You are like a little talkative calculator, in other words. You also tend to be rather gentle and less arrogant than most people. Your presence is a bane to everyone’s existence, because you are too nice for your own good and you absolutely will not shut up. So what is your defect, then? Well, you’re boring, and when you’re not boring, you are just plain annoying with your ultra-logical responses and constant need to talk to others. So keep waving that hand in the air, son. I’m still not calling on you. You are too logical, you talk too much, and your humility and gentleness only makes me hate you more, because they make me feel like I almost SHOULDN’T hate you. But I do. Big time. And by the way, the more you wave your hand in class–your extended hand becoming nothing more than a blur as you insanely wave it, thinking we can’t see it–the more smug satisfaction the teacher takes in watching the look of excrutiating pain cross your face as you agonize over not being called on, and the longer we’ll wait to call on you, just because we absolutely love torturing you so….”

Please note these results and try to explain them in terms of non-Vulcan. You are 71% Rational, 57% Extroverted, 0% Brutal, and 14% Arrogant.  This what I thought was funny.  “Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Braggart, the Haughty Intellectual, and the Robot.”  Weren’t those close to some of the epitaphs James T. Kirk hurled at Spock in This Side of Paradise.

Seriously, the Dark  Triad is all about success in politics, finance, and in the world in general.  My honest opinion is that I don’t like people like this.  I never have.  They disgust me.  The real irony is that, while those with the “Dark Traid” are involved in politics, very few of them are capable of reaching the top office in the land.

Psychology Today

Psychology Today

We see any number of these people in the House, Senate, and as governors, but, thinking back, with the exception of Bill Clinton, our last few Presidents:  Reagan, Bush, Bush, Obama have been fairly ‘normal’ people.  Then, go back a few years for ‘normal’: Truman, Eisenhower, Ford.   Nixon was pure Machiavellian with a healthy dose of paranoia.  Clinton is a Narcissistic charmer, as was JFK.  LBJ was the embodiment of the Dark Triad, but, when we stop and think about it, of the last 12 men elected POTUS, only three were basically Dark Triad.  Face it, Jimmy Carter was incompetent, but not dark.

The perfect embodiment of Dark Triad is Mitt Romney.  See how far this got him?  Maybe, when it comes to predicting who is going to win in 2016, we need to look at just who is ‘normal’ and who is Dark Triad. If this is the case, and we can almost who is going to be elected POTUS, I suspect, if if I were putting money on it, I’d end up betting on Joe Biden.  If you look at the pretenders – Rubio, Cruz, and Paul, they are Dark Triad.  Christ isn’t.  Neither is Peter King.  I don’t think the GOP has a snow-ball’s chance, the way things are going.  I also think the 2016 GOP nomination has already been bought and paid for – by Mitt Romney’s people.

I think my money might be on Biden.  I also don’t mind admitting I would easily vote for him.

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2 Comments

  • unknown jane says:

    Too funny — I was a hand raiser, and my husband’s pet nickname for me is “Subcommander T’pau”.
    And yes, the blasted teachers would look at me and pass me over — one of them even told me (in 5th grade social studies class) to “would you please put your hand down — I know you probably know the answer; I don’t care”. Which actually hurt 10 yo. me quite a bit…

    I’ve never had any desire to be anywhere near politics though (I’m also a bit Aspie; not at all extroverted — I hang out with my pets over human company and like research and photography).

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    Then you feel my pain! I was told the same thing. Put your hand down and let someone else answer.

    SJR


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