Even though we like to believe our parents when they tell us that we’re good people, such statements are far from the truth sometimes. It doesn’t take too much intelligence to figure out that there’s plenty of evil in the hearts of many: envy, wrath, lust, pride, greed, sloth, gluttony, and so on.
As you may have already figured out, we mentioned the seven deadly sins according to the Christian teachings. From those attributes, so many evil deeds can arise from a person’s heart. We can speak about revenge, lying, cheating on your spouse, stealing, torturing, and so on. While it was pretty much a mystery what’s triggering all these bad manners, a study from 2018 that ScienceAlert.com speaks about might finally have the answer.
“D” is the newfound Dark Factor of Personality
Psychologists from Germany and Denmark blame the “D” factor as being the driving force behind all of the humans’ darkest impulses. The D factor has its base in the so-called “g” factor that was proposed when it was observed that those who were good at one cognitive test were also more likely to get good results for other tests regarding intelligence. Although a general intelligence factor was measured, scientists also detected something else.
Ingo Zettler, a psychologist from the University of Copenhagen, explained as quoted by ScienceAlert.com:
In the same way, the dark aspects of human personality also have a common denominator, which means that – similar to intelligence – one can say that they are all an expression of the same dispositional tendency.
Over 2,500 participants were involved in four separate studies. They were surveyed with questions for measuring the levels of distinct dark personality traits such as narcissism, sadism, psychopathy, egoism, Machiavellianism, and more.
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