A new study says people with ‘Dark Triad’ personalities are likely to engage in “victimhood” and “virtue signaling” to extract wealth, attention and power from others.
The July 2020 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology says that those with narcissistic, Machiavellian or sociopathic traits are drawn to calling themselves “victims” so they can take advantage of guilt-ridden people given the egalitarianism of Western society.
According to the study’s authors:
Fortune and human imperfection assure that at some point in life everyone will experience suffering, disadvantage, or mistreatment. When this happens, there will be some who face their burdens in silence, treating it as a private matter they must work out for themselves, and there will others who make a public spectacle of their sufferings, label themselves as victims, and demand compensation for their pain. This latter response is what interests us in this series of studies.