Dangerous People: Learn to Watch Out for the Dark Triad

Dr T J Jordan
3 min readApr 13, 2023

Some personality traits are warning signs.

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By Dr T J Jordan

Three personality traits have come to be known as the Dark Triad. These are: narcissism, psychopathy, and machiavellianism.

We all have personality flaws and imperfections. But some people have traits that make them toxic to others — and these traits go along with the absence of empathy, compassion, and a “moral compass.”

Knowing how to recognize behaviors that make some people dangerous is important for choosing our partners wisely and for basic self protection. Here is an introduction to those three traits.

The Dark Triad

Our personality traits fall along a spectrum. We say that someone is depressed, for example, if they show significant loss of interest in life. Or we believe that someone who severely lacks empathy has an empathy deficit disorder. But we also know that any of us can be a little bit depressed and a little less…



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