We need to devote more time in psychology to exploring the light side of human nature, say researchers. The dark side of human nature, encapsulated in the ‘Dark Triad’ of traits – Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism – has been more heavily researched in psychology than the other extreme, and a team led by US psychologist and author Scott Barry Kaufman from Columbia University set about redressing the balance. Through four studies with more than 1,500 online participants, the team has created a questionnaire that taps into the ‘Light Triad’. “Too much focus on one aspect of human nature at the […]

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