Are Narcissists Better at Reading Minds?

‘Andrew Whiten and Richard Byrne argue that primate intelligence stems from “Machiavellian Intelligence” — the ability to manipulate and deceive others in the competition for scarce resources…


The common thread running through all three traits is low empathy and low agreeableness. Still, the three traits are only moderately correlated with one another, and recently, researchers have started to assess the independent predictions of each separately from the others, and how people with a different balance of the dark triad traits go about obtaining their goals differently. 


In a hot-off-the press paper in Personality and Individual Differences, Michael Wai and Niko Tiliopoulos looked at the empathic nature of dark individuals. They distinguished between two types of empathy: cognitive empathy and affective empathy.’


by Scott Barry Kaufman