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Study Reveals the Psychological Traits That Unite the Extreme Left and Extreme Right

August 13, 2020 Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian Episode 12
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Study Reveals the Psychological Traits That Unite the Extreme Left and Extreme Right
Aug 13, 2020 Episode 12
Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian

It increasingly feels like parts of the left and right agree that they should be able to dictate your personal morality, forcing you to adopt certain norms and values.

One new study suggests that this is because parts of the far-right and woke left share the same "Dark Triad" personality traits -- including narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Another finds that these same traits are associated with strategically deploying victimhood to manipulate people.

Shant and Zaid discuss these studies and what it says about contemporary politics.

Read the first study here:

https://scottbarrykaufman.com/wp-cont...

and the second one here:

https://www.gwern.net/docs/psychology...

Please support this channel:

https://www.patreon.com/TheBackchannel

Show Notes

It increasingly feels like parts of the left and right agree that they should be able to dictate your personal morality, forcing you to adopt certain norms and values.

One new study suggests that this is because parts of the far-right and woke left share the same "Dark Triad" personality traits -- including narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Another finds that these same traits are associated with strategically deploying victimhood to manipulate people.

Shant and Zaid discuss these studies and what it says about contemporary politics.

Read the first study here:

https://scottbarrykaufman.com/wp-cont...

and the second one here:

https://www.gwern.net/docs/psychology...

Please support this channel:

https://www.patreon.com/TheBackchannel