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Here is the Best Way to Deal With a Narcissist or Psychopath

Have you ever had to negotiate with a narcissist or psychopath? If you are found in that situation a new study recommends doing it on Facebook.

Being a psychopath doesn’t necessarily mean a person would be morally bankrupt, although a morally bankrupt person could be psychopath. However, when you encounter one, they can cause some major problems.

A new study by the University of British Columbia has some advice to help to deal with this problem. The researchers found that while narcissist or psychopaths are extremely good at using their potentially malicious skills with a live audience, they are far less skilled when using it over the Internet.

It has been long known that body language is vital to be able to effectively communicate with each other. Now we also know that even the most talented psychopath can’t make up for the missing body language while negotiating online. Michael Woodworth, a professor of psychology at UBC, said in a statement:

The study titled “The Dark Side of Negotiation,” involved more than 200 Canadian university students, a proportion of whom were identified as having various qualities on the DT spectrum (Dark Triad (DT) — people with narcissistic, psychopathic, or Machiavellian tendencies).

The students were then tasked to negotiate for concert tickets, as either the buyer or seller, with the goal being to achieve the maximum financial benefit for themselves. Some negotiations took place face-to-face while others used real-time instant messaging software to negotiate.

Woodworth’s research was able to conclude that the participants who ranked highly on the DT spectrum did the best in face-to-face negotiations than those online.

Even more surprising was that the higher-ranking DT participants were 12.5 percent less successful during online negotiations than those ranking lower on the spectrum.

According to eureka alert, each of the three parts of the DT has distinct traits. Psychopaths tend to lack empathy and be anti-social. Narcissists lean toward grandiosity and self-adoration. People with Machiavellian qualities are goal-oriented, calculated manipulators.

Woodworth said:

With all that said, who wants to deal with a narcissist or psychopath in person anyway? Now after reading this you know you’re doing the right thing by emailing them or only talking to them online.

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Troy Oakes
Troy was born and raised in Australia and has always wanted to know why and how things work, which led him to his love for science. He is a professional photographer and enjoys taking pictures of Australia's beautiful landscapes. He is also a professional storm chaser where he currently lives in Hervey Bay, Australia.

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