Monday, May 10, 2010

Who is doing the choosing?

Some time ago one of my friends sent me a link to an article in the Independent with the title, Why women really do love self-obsessed psychopaths. He probably thought it to be a friendly jab, targeting my personality. I never felt offended when people called me narcissist, so I read the piece with some interest. The key message was the following:
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.
This seems quite obvious to me because risk-averse men are surely not "putting themselves out there" and approach girl after girl in the attempt to get laid more often. Too bad, that the headline was misleading. The article presented some scientific research, yet, the headline editor drew some strange conclusions. It's not that women necessarily love those "psychopaths" more than other men, but if those are more active in the pursuit of pussy, then, obviously, they are going to have more success than others who prefer to dwell in mother's basement and hunt down unicorns in World of Warcraft.

So, single men of the world, keep this mind:
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.
 Some, he says? He should have asked me, because I have plenty.


  1. If one is at higher levels of narcissism, it only allows him to feel safer when he takes risks. Thus as a result he becomes a more spontaneous, thrill-seeking, risk-taking person.

    But deceitfulness? That one puzzles me

  2. This is probably coming from an academic who believes that women have to be tricked into having sex with you. So, no reason to worry about anything. :)


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