Professor Quippy: Women Dig the Evil Triad, Baby

Professor QuippyResearch now confirms what I’ve always suspected.

Women may say they want their men to be open, kind and loving, but in reality, it pays to be a little more evil.

Two recent studies show that men with the “dark triad” of personality traits, have much greater success at “short-term mating” (which is how a scientist describes gettin’ some.) What are the “dark triad?” According to the New Scientist, they are: ” the self-obsession of narcissism; the impulsive, thrill-seeking and callous behavior of psychopaths; and the deceitful and exploitative nature of Machiavellianism.”

Okay gents, if you exhibit these traits all the time, eventually, you’ll find yourself getting tar-and-feathered, sent to prison, or becoming the leader of your country. It’s all a matter of degree. However, if you have just a bit of these naughty and let’s face it — extremely sexy behaviors — then you’ll find yourself doing much better with the ladies.

Peter Jonason at New Mexico State University, who headed one of the studies, likens this set of traits (set to “low evil”) to James Bond: “He’s clearly disagreeable, very extroverted and likes trying new things – killing people, new women. Just as Bond seduces woman after woman, people with dark triad traits may be more successful with a quantity-style or shotgun approach to reproduction, even if they don’t stick around for parenting. The strategy seems to have worked. We still have these traits,” Jonason says.

Of course, this is a short-term strategy for spreading genetic material (that’s how a scientist describes busting a nut) and does not guarantee a successful long-term relationship. So all the dark triad blokes are going to end up as that creepy old guy sitting at the pub, telling young women he used to be in the SAS and can kill a man with one punch.

Now if only someone would do a study explaining why women dig the evil triad so much.

The dark triad here at The Skwib are Insanity, Godlessness and humor. Twice. You can find the New Scientist story here.

5 Responses to Professor Quippy: Women Dig the Evil Triad, Baby

  1. damon June 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    So I guess marriage is “long term mating”.

    Really, really, looooonnng term.

    (Which is also coincidentally the term for “not gettin any”.)

  2. Mark A. Rayner June 23, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    Yeah, but what is the scientific term? 🙂 m.

  3. Alex L. June 24, 2008 at 4:25 am #

    Everytime I hear something like this I think to myself I’m glad science is helping society… women like bastards, great this can only be good news!

  4. diesel June 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    I guess I’ve been successful at long term mating because the only one of those traits that I have is the narcissism. Along with a bunch of other really great features, of course.

  5. Mark A. Rayner June 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    Don’t feel bad about that Diesel.

    Blogger = narcissist