When you consider the word empathy, it typically evokes feelings or images of love, care, and understanding. Therefore, many people assume that empathy is crucial to ending cruelty and aggressive behavior. However, how correct is this assumption?
You might be surprised to read that recent research suggests otherwise. Therefore, keep reading to learn more about empathy and how to spot five dark empath traits.
Dark Personality Traits
It is generally accepted that people who possess dark personality traits, including Machiavellians, psychopaths, sociopaths, and narcissists, fall short in their levels of empathy. Conversely, people with high empathy traits have little or no dark characteristics. However, this concept may be well-known, but it certainly has its flaws.
Consider the villain of the plot who turns out to have a good heart. Everyone is aware of such people, such as the thief who steals for the poor, the tearaway schoolchildren who turn good, or even the anti-heroes of fantasy movies. Indeed, characterizing people merely on empathy levels is too blunt a tool. Therefore, here are five character traits to look out for in dark empaths.