Most of us have heard of the dark triad, but not everyone really understands what it entails. Chances are you have more of these ‘traits’ than you think.

Now, the ‘short dark triad’ is a quiz that is supposed to be able to measure a person’s ‘dark triad’ personality traits. It helps to break down what ‘dark sides’ they might have within. You see, the dark triad consists of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. We all tend to have small amounts of these traits in one form or another but those who have high levels of all three might be considered truly evil individuals.


Now for those who do not know each of those traits are defined as follows:

Machiavellianism: A personality trait in which a person is so focused on their own interests that they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others in order to achieve their own goals. People with high levels of this trait will be very disrespectful and deceitful. They do whatever they feel needs to be done regardless of what it might do to those around them.

Narcissism: This is basically extreme selfishness with a grandiose view of one’s self. People with higher levels of this trait see themselves as superior to everyone else and crave admiration. Their sense of self-worth is quite exaggerated.

Psychopathy: This trait is one in which the person with it has very shallow emotional responses. It is marked by egocentric and antisocial activity. While this one is often mistaken by many it is not something you can hide if you are actually face to face with it.

Sure, finding out what your levels of each trait are might not sound like much but it could really put a lot of things into perspective. This test consists of about 27 statements that you will have to rate on whether or not you agree with them, yes it is that simple. To take the test click here.

Once you have taken the test feel free to compare your results with the results of others. Mine was nowhere near what I expected.

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