In light of a very heavy and heartbreaking week of local news, it is important to stop & think about your wellbeing and ensure you are in safe surroundings.

Recently it has come to our attention that dark, disturbed and violent people exist and may be closer than you think.

Now, more so than ever, there is a need to be alert and evaluate your surroundings in order to stay safe.

Studies show that narcissism, egoism, psychopathy and many other characteristics are among common traits that make up the ‘dark side’ of humanity.

You may be thinking, how can a narcissist be linked to a psychopath, but new research out of Denmark confirms a link between people who portray these traits.

Scientists also identified that many people with these traits took pleasure in causing others pain – twisted, but interesting to say the least.

Without realising, you may be in close contact with people who have these characteristics.

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HERE ARE 8 TRAITS OF MALEVOLENCE/HOSTILITY TO LOOK OUT FOR:

EGOISM:

“the excessive concern with one’s own pleasure or advantage at the expense of community well-being.”

MACHIAVELLIANISM:

“manipulativeness, callous affect, and a strategic-calculating orientation.”

MORAL DISENGAGEMENT:

“a generalised cognitive orientation to the world that differentiates individuals’ thinking in a way that powerfully affects unethical behaviour.”

NARCISSISM:

“ego-reinforcement is the all-consuming motive.”

PSYCHOLOGICAL ENTITLEMENT:

“a stable and pervasive sense that one deserves more and is entitled to more than others.”

PSYCHOPATHY:

“deficits in affect (i.e., callousness) and self-control (i.e., impulsivity).”

SADISM:

“a person who humiliates others, shows a longstanding pattern of cruel or demeaning behaviour to others, or intentionally inflicts physical, sexual, or psychological pain or suffering on others in order to assert power and dominance or for pleasure and enjoyment.”

SPITEFULNESS:

“a preference that would harm another but that would also entail harm to oneself. This harm could be social, financial, physical, or an inconvenience.”

If you think you possess any of these traits, or, know of someone who might, please take the time to speak up & buddy up.

Speak Up – if you see something ‘off’, say something

Buddy Up – confide in a confidant and ensure you’re always partnered up if you feel like a situation may turn dark

If you are experiencing a personal crisis, or are concerned for a friend or relative, please call Lifeline crisis support on 13 11 14 or the DVConnect (Domestic Violence) hotline on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)

For more information visit the Queensland Government Domestic Violence Support page.

 

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