Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Dark Triad and Transactional Analysis

Excerpt from #IAm16ICanRape
Chapter- 5.3 Supernatural Aid
Conversation between Rudransh and Ananya

“What are you reading?” I ask. A general question
“It’s a book on psychology, an international best-seller, written by an Indian author. 
Transactional Analysis of the Dark Triad’ by Samvedana Rao,” she says.
“Whatever does that mean?” I ask.
“Dad, in psychology it is said that human beings don’t operate from one ego state,” she explains.
“What is an ego state?” I ask.
“It’s lot of technical stuff, but to understand it in simple terms, they are three different modes of behavior. So at any given time, a person can operate from either a child, or an adult, or a parent, ego state. It says that when a person interacts with another human, he operates from one of his ego states. Humans also change their ego state according to their situation. This study is called transactional analysis,” she says.
“And what is a dark triad?”
“The dark triad is a group of three personality traits: Machiavellianism, Narcissism and Psychopathy.
Use of the term "dark" implies that these traits have malevolent qualities.
·         Machiavellianism is characterized by manipulation and exploitation of others; a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception.
·         Narcissism is characterized by grandiosity; pride, egotism, and a lack of empathy.
·         Psychopathy is characterized by lack of emotional control; antisocial behavior, impulsivity, callousness and remorselessness”
“What this writer has done here is that she has associated the dark traits with ego states, one to one. In other words, the dark trait the person exhibits can be used to figure out which ego state is in operation while he commits his crime”
The dark triad and shadow:
1.      A child- Psychopath
2.      An adult- Narcissist
3.      A parent- Machiavellian

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