Scientists explain career success, "the bad guys"

Swiss psychologists have come to the conclusion that two of the three personal qualities "dark triad" — narcissism, and Machiavellianism — contribute to the career growth and professional success.

They talked about it in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Scientists from the University of Bern examined 793 of Germans, employed in the private sector and only started (their age was 25-34 years).

All study participants completed questionnaires aimed at identifying features of the "dark triad".

For example, agreement with the statement "I tend to attract attention to yourself," pointed to narcissism. This trait is characterized by delusions of grandeur, pride, narcissism and lack of empathy.

Machiavellianism involves a manipulative, cynical disregard for morality, focusing on their own interests and mendacity. The main features of psychopathy is antisocial behavior, impulsivity, selfishness, callousness, and ruthlessness.

In addition, psychologists have tried to evaluate the professional success of the respondents. They know their salary and service provision (objective success criteria), and also asked how satisfied they are with their career (subjective criterion).

It turned out that narcissism and Machiavellianism are associated with professional success — but not psychopathy.

Removing the influence of factors such as gender and duration of working time, the researchers saw that high indicators on a scale of narcissism — those who receive a large salary.

"Machiavellian" often occupy senior positions and are more satisfied with their own careers. Psychologists explain this by the fact that career ambitions are an inherent trait of Machiavellianism.

As for narcissism, it seems, helps to make a good impression at interviews and get a more prestigious job.

Only psychopathic personalities have no luck with professional success: apparently, their aggressive and antisocial behavior is not conducive to career growth.

Although "dark" personality traits may be useful for personal success, they negatively affect the organization as a whole, the researchers note. For example, a number of studies have linked the "dark triad" of corruption, staff turnover, absenteeism and sabotage.published


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