Much of the FYI/ASK revolves around triangles. We began by introducing the Triangle of Success, and today I am going to introduce you to another triad, this one however, very much nestles within the darker depths of the Toxic Triangle. For within the toxic traits aspect lies the ‘dark triad’.
When it comes to personality types and traits, I've gleaned two takeaways as I have been putting together the variety of resources within the FYI/ASK that run along a parallel path. First up is to proceed with great caution when interacting with folks who exhibit the dark triad cluster of personality traits: Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism.
Second is that empaths are the opposite of narcissists in that they are healers who absorb the emotions of others in a benevolent, loving way. But according to recent research published in Personality and Individual Differences, those two learnings can be melded in a singular personality type.
It is here we are introduced to something called the dark empath, who mixes the traits of the dark triad with an ability to understand others' emotions. A master manipulator, the dark empath might be the most dangerous personality type there is.
The latest FYI/ASK resource guide entitled “Dark Empaths” can be downloaded for free below, or from the FYI/ASK Initiative page.