Thursday, 23 August 2012

Dark Triad Traits Tests

Needing a break between my intense grad school readings, I've finally gotten down to doing a couple of narcissism, psychopathy and personality disorder tests. Here's what I got...




Results of your
Narcissistic Personality Quiz

Mirror mirror

Your Total: 26

Between 12 and 15 is average.
Celebrities often score closer to 18.
Narcissists score over 20.
Because you scored 18 or higher, you may want to check out thesymptoms of narcissistic personality disorder.

Here's how you rated on the seven component traits of narcissism:
Narcissistic TraitStrength of Trait
Authority: 5.00
Self-Sufficiency: 4.00
Superiority: 5.00
Exhibitionism: 3.00
Exploitativeness: 3.00
Vanity: 3.00
Entitlement: 3.00


The Online Self Diagnostic Psychopath Test!

Congratulations - you have completed The Online Psychopath Self Assessment Test.   Your personality profile is So-Pr-Gr-Em-En/Ti-Ln-Ls-Ad-Sn-Sc.

i.e., I am...
So=Pro-social (as opposed to Se=Pro-self)
Pr=Principled (as opposed to Am=Amoral)
Gr=Grandiose (as opposed to Mo=Modest)
Em=Empathetic (as opposed to Ap=Apathetic)
Ln=Low need for structure (as opposed to Hn=High need for structure)
Ls=Low Sadism (as opposed to Hs=High Sadism)
Ad=Adaptive (as opposed to Ma=Maladaptive)
Sn=Schizoid negative (as opposed to Sp=Schizoid positive)
Sc=Social (as opposed to As=Anti-social)
Not sure what En, Ti are (website left them out).

Combinations can be measured against these:
Ap, Se, and As = Sociopathic personality
Ap, Se, and Am = Potentially sociopathicAp, Se, and As + Pr = Principled sociopathAp, Se, and As + Hs = Potentially dangerous sociopathAp, Se, and As + Ad = Adaptive sociopathAp and As = Antisocial personality (strengthened with Ma)Gr with any of the above = narcissistic personality [this is the only thing that applies to me]Sp = Schizoid personality


Your score was 76 of 100. 

This puts you in the category of the high Machs, people who do not believe in the goodness of the world and, because of that it, must be manipulated; Machiavelli would approve of such people. 

A graph of how others who have taken this have scores is below. These scores should not be taken as population norms though, the people who seek out tests of machivellianism on the internet are most likely not representative (LOL). 

Looks like my lack of apathy lets me off the hook for being psychopathic. Narcissism seems to crop up, either as very high in the narcissism test or higher than average in the psychopathy and personality disorder tests. I'm above average on machiavellianism, but my higher empathy hinders the utilisation of my machiavellianism to become sociopathic or psychopathic.

Friday, 10 August 2012


"... dishonesty has often been the file against which intellectual tools for truth have been sharpened."

- Robert Trivers, Folly of Fools

This resonates quite deeply with my belief that all the good things come only after bad ones. Structure arises after chaos. Emotions of love arise to combat partner desertion. Feelings of loyalty develop to prevent group disunity. I'd intended to write on this for a year on already but never really got down to it. Reading Trivers's latest book gives me much needed motivation to get stuck back in it.

In another part of his introduction, he writes:
Deception within species is expected in almost all relationships, and deception possesses special powers. It always takes the lead in life, while detection of deception plays catch up. As has been said regarding rumors, the lie is halfway around the world before the truth puts its boots on. When a new deception shows up in nature, it starts rare in a world that often lacks a proper defense. As it increases in frequency, it selects for such defenses in the victim, so that eventually its spread will be halted by the appearance and spread of countermoves, but new defenses can always be bypassed and new tricks invented.
Truth—or, at least, truth detection—has been pushed back steadily over time by the propagation of deception. It always amazes me to hear some economists say that the costs of deceptive excesses in our economy (including white-collar crime) will naturally be checked by market forces. Why should the human species be immune to the general rule that where natural selection for deception is strong, deception can be selected that extracts a substantial net cost (in survival and reproduction) every generation? Certainly there is no collective force against this deception, only the relatively slow generation and evolution of counterstrategies. These lines were written in 2006, two years before the financial collapse that resulted from such practices and beliefs. I know nothing about economics and—from evolutionary logic—could not have predicted a thing about the collapse of 2008, but I have disagreed for thirty years with an alleged science called economics that has resolutely failed to ground itself in underlying knowledge, at a cost to all of us.
While I might at times be slightly more sympathetic to the value of economics as a prescriptive tool, I think Trivers couldn't have put it better. There is no underlying theoretical basis for its science either than the outdated assumption that man is rational (assumed to be equally, and on the basis of prices), and I absolutely do not believe that market forces actually help resolve economic crises. The turn to market forces to solve economic problems is an absolute cop-out.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

If pro is opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?

I once prayed to god for a bike, but quickly found out he didnt work that way. So I stole a bike and prayed for his forgiveness.

You can't be late until you show up.

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.

Never interrupt your opponent while he's making a mistake.

If you don't pray in my school, I won't think in your church.

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.

Evolutionists have proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.

You never learn anything by doing it right.

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012