The Dark Triad

Machiavellian Maxims (Part 5)

“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.” – Niccolo Machiavelli Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Maxims 3.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction: Welcome to part 5 in my series of Machiavellian maxims, as with the previous entries, contained within’s a pithy collection of Machiavellian wisdom. If you’ve not read this series before, or simply wish to reread some of the older maxims, here’s a convenient...

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Machiavellian Maxims (Part 4)

“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.” – Niccolo Machiavelli Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Maxims 3.) Relevant Reading / In Closing 1.) Introduction: Welcome to part 4 in my series of Machiavellian maxims, as with the previous articles, contained within is a pithy collection of Machiavellian wisdom. If you’ve not read anything in this series before, you can find part 1 here, part 2 here and...

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Dark Triad Archetypes: The Jester

“The court jester had the right to say the most outrageous things to the king. Everything was permitted during carnival, even the songs that the Roman legionnaires would sing, calling Julius Caesar ‘queen,’ alluding, in a very transparent way, to his real, or presumed, homosexual escapades.” – Umberto Eco Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) Leadership Destabilisation Through Character Assassination 3.) How To Handle Jesters 4.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction: The jester’s...

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Womanly Duplicity & Its Constituent Parts

“Dissimulation is innate in woman and almost as characteristic of the very stupid as of the clever.” – Arthur Schopenhauer Contents: 1.) The Paradox of Cunning Naivety 2.) The Double Edged Sword of Rationalisation 3.) Her Deficit of Loyalty 4.) On The Duplicity of Beauty 5.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) The Paradox of Cunning Naivety: Why are women so manipulative? Know that firstly in matters of people, manipulation is as natural to a...

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How To Use Your Ego

“Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.” – Chris Lowe Contents: 1.) The Building Blocks of Reinvention 2.) Of Ego & Humility 3.) Of Adaptability & Authenticity 4.) Of Learning 5.) In Closing 1.) The Building Blocks of Reinvention: Whether they’re aware of it or not, everyone has an opinion on narcissism, and a value system based on a preference for its presence or absence. Some respect...

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Notes On Law 27: “Play On People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cult-like Following”

“The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.” – Frank Zappa Contents: 1.) Introduction – Summarising The Law 2.) Notes On The Law 3.) Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction – Summarising The Law: The need to believe in the improbable and the idealistic is a common source of passion and comfort for the unfulfilled. Gullibility is profitable, particularly if it can be sustained, hence the lucrativeness of...

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Understanding The 48 Laws of Power

“Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life’s artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist.” – Robert Greene Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) What The Book Lacks 3.) The Spectral Nature of The Laws 4.) Perfecting The Learning Process 5.) In Closing 1.) Introduction: The 48 Laws of Power is the modern man’s Machiavellian bible; based on the incisive...

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Machiavellian Maxims (Part 3)

“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” – Niccolo Machiavelli Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Maxims 3.) Relevant Reading / In Closing 1.) Introduction: Welcome to part 3 in my series of Machiavellian maxims, you know the drill by now, contained within is a pithy collection of Machiavellian wisdom. If you’ve not read anything in this series before, you can find part 1 here, and part 2 here. 2.) The Maxims:...

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Machiavellian Maxims (Part 2)

“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.” – Niccolo Machiavelli Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Maxims 3.) Relevant Reading / In Closing 1.) Introduction: Back in December I published a collection of Machiavellian Maxims that precede the assortment here. If you missed that, you can find it here. As for the...

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Understanding Narcissism

“The sadistic narcissist perceives himself as Godlike, ruthless and devoid of scruples, capricious and unfathomable, emotionless and non-sexual, omniscient, omnipotent and omni-present, a plague, a devastation, an inescapable verdict.” – Sam Vaknin Contents: 1.) Introduction – Narcissistic Personality Disorder 2.) Rational Narcissism aka Achievement-Based Narcissism 3.) The Birth of the Narcopath 4.) Dealing With A Narcopath 5.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction – Narcissistic Personality Disorder: All people with narcissistic personality...

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