Beware of the Dark Triad

Think of the Dark Triad of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism as the Bermuda Triangle — it’s perilous to come near it! The traits of all three often overlap and create personality profiles that are damaging and toxic, especially when it comes to intimate relationships, where we let our guard down. One woman was the subject of identity fraud at a time when she was very in love with her boyfriend who lived with her in her apartment. Her bank accounts and credit cards had been compromised. She was speaking regularly with the FBI and suffered extreme anxiety and emotionally stress. The authorities were unsuccessful in finding the culprit. Her fiancé was very supportive in doing research to try to find him. He comforted her, occasionally bought her gifts, and paid her monthly rent out of money she gave him. When the landlord confronted her about months of delinquency, she realized that the criminal was in fact her own boyfriend, who had been pocketing her rent money, using some of it to buy her gifts. Her denial made it difficult to accept the truth about his ruthless gaslighting. What is the Dark Triad? This is a popular term was coined in 2002 by Paulhus and Williams. Dark Triad refers to three unusually negative personality traits — narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. The latter two share more traits with each other than with narcissists. Generally, the term refers to individuals with “subclinical” symptoms, meaning t...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Abuse Narcissism Personality Dark Triad Machiavellianism Manipulation Source Type: news

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Source: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Clin Psychol Psychother Source Type: research
Conclusion: Although additional cases of childhood PMD have been published over the past decade, little new information has appeared. There is still no “diagnostic gold standard,” making an accurate estimate of prevalence virtually impossible and contributing to confusion among pediatricians when trying to identify children with PMD.What is Known:• Psychogenic movement disorders (PMD) occur in children as well as adults.• The most common types of childhood PMD are tremor, dystonia, and myoclonus.What is New:• The most common childhood PMD treatments were cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherap...
Source: European Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Medical Internet Research - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Health-related Mindfulness Peer Support Personal Self-Help Chronic Pain Emotional Pain healing surgery Source Type: blogs
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Communication Depression Health-related Industrial and Workplace Inspiration & Hope Marriage and Divorce Mental Health and Wellness Motivation and Inspiration New Year's Perfectionism Personal Psychotherapy Self-Esteem Self-Help Source Type: blogs
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Source: World Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: World Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Psychopharmacology - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Archives of Sexual Behavior - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Arch Sex Behav Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain and Behavior General Memory and Perception The Psych Central Show Cognitive Distortion Dr John Grohol Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Exercise and Fitness Health Source Type: blogs
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