The Dark Triad is a psychological theory or concept aimed at understanding and studying the dark side of individuals' personalities. It encompasses overlapping yet distinct personality traits, including Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism. The term 'Dark Triad' was introduced by Delroy L. Paulhus and Kevin M. Williams in their 2002 paper titled 'The Dark Triad of Personality: Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy.
The Deenz Dark Triad Personality Scale (DTPS-33), developed in 2013 by Deen Mohd, is a valid 33-item scale designed to assess your personality and measure where you fall on the scale for three socially undesirable traits. Below are 33 statements related to your behavior and social interactions. For each statement, indicate how much you agree or disagree.
The Deenz Dark Triad Personality Scale (DTPS-33©) is the property of Drdeenz and has been developed by Deen Mohd using IRT model. The structure, reliability, and validity of the test have independently been assessed by Drdeenz. Read the preprint of the research “Deenz Dark Triad Personality Scale: Development, Validation, and Reliability” ResearchSquare.
Development of Deenz Dark Triad Personality Scale
What are the 3 Dark Triads?
Machiavellianism: Machiavellianism is a famous word in psychology named after a 16th-century political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, famous for his book “the prince”. The main message in the book is that leaders can use Manipulate, Deceit, and explicit behavior to strive for power and position and it is the necessity to maintain the power and accomplish that goals.
Narcissism: Narcissism is a personal trait in which an individual has an extreme sense of self-importance and a constant urge for administration resulting in ignoring the needs of others and a lack of empathy. The good example may be a person who feels uncomfortable in the situations where he/she is not the center of attention and who is always talking about the prestige or status. Take the narcissistic personality disorder test
Psychopathy: Psychopathy is described as having a lack of remorse, being callous and cynical. Psychopathy exists on a spectrum and not everyone with psychopathic traits meets the diagnostic criteria for antisocial personality disorder. You may also like to take the psychopathy spectrum scale.
How do you score the dark triad?
Machiavellianism – 45% (20 of 44 points)
Psychopathy – 64% (28 of 44 points)
Narcissism – 75% (33 of 44 points)
Your overall score on the Dark Triad is 61%.
Does a high score indicate any issues with my personality?
Jonason, Kaufman, Webster & Geher: What Lies Beneath the Dark Triad Dirty Dozen: Varied Relations with the Big Five (Individual Differences Research 2013, Vol 11. No. 2) pp. 81-90.
Jonason & Webster: The Dirty Dozen: A Concise Measure of the Dark Triad (Psychological Assessment, Vol 22(2), Jun 2010) pp. 420-432.