The dark triad is a group of three personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. Use of the term “dark” implies that these traits have malevolent qualities
Narcissism is characterized by grandiosity, pride, egotism, and a lack of empathy.
Machiavellianism is characterized by manipulation and exploitation of others; a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception.
Psychopathy is characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, impulsivity, selfishness, callousness, and remorselessness.
Men who possess these properties have a head start with respect to attracting women. (NAWALT applies — not all women go for this stuff). The question would obviously be why? Here is a fella who probably will not fit in well with respect to civilization in the long run, and has a good chance of “blowing up” at some point. It all does seem to be a risk; and a significant one at that.
As a fella, if one was associated with such a type, one would worry that he might turn on you at any second. Hence, it probably would be a good idea to steer clear. But apparently, women have no such issue. I assume that the thought is that since they would be his women, he would not harm her. Furthermore, his scheming ruthlessness would be used to protect her and advance her interests. I wonder how good of a bet this is…
As alluded to previously, this personality type is not a good fit with respect to civilization, which is dependent on cooperation — something that dark triad types do not do well at all. The fact that the type can attract women easily, encourages budding dark triad types to develop these skills more, to the detriment of all. It is as if women do not like civilization. I wonder why that might be… (To be addressed in another post)