Not wishing to put a dampener on your festivities and kind spiritedness at this time of the year, how about sparing a thought for anyone who’s working with someone who scores high on the 12-point Dark Triad scale?
No, I hadn’t heard about it until recently either. It was developed by psychologists Peter Jonason and Gregory Webster to spot potentially troublesome traits – the sort that might lead to narcissim, psychopathy, manipulation, aggression and impulsivity.
Jonason and Webster’s Dirty Dozen scale provides a quick way to identify the Dark Triad individuals living amongst you.
Try it. Rate each item below on a 7-point scale as you think it applies to the person you’re thinking of:
- 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.
Oh, before you go . . . just one thing . . .
Dare you now rate yourself to see how you measure up?