How Dark Triad Traits Affect High-Performance Environments

Jin Park
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3 min readJun 23, 2024

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In the nuanced dance of human interactions, few stages are as intricate and intense as high-performance environments.

From the polished arenas of elite sports to the hallowed halls of corporate giants, a curious triad of personality traits often lurks in the background: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

This unholy trinity, collectively known as the dark triad, not only shapes individual destinies but also molds the intricate tapestry of interpersonal relationships.

The Sinister Symphony of the Dark Triad

Picture this: narcissism, with its insatiable appetite for admiration and a sense of entitlement as grand as a Baroque palace; psychopathy, cold and calculating, devoid of the messy encumbrances of empathy; and Machiavellianism, the puppet master, ever scheming and manipulating.

These traits can drive individuals to remarkable heights but often at the perilous cost of relationship quality.

High-Stakes Duets: Coaches and Athletes

Now, let’s focus our lens on the dynamic duet of coach and athlete, a relationship forged in the crucible of high stakes and relentless ambition. Imagine the coach, stopwatch in hand, bellowing commands, while the athlete, drenched in sweat, pushes…

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Jin Park
Write A Catalyst

Top Writer at Hacker Noon | Entrepreneur & Mental Health Advocate | Founder of Seoul:Forge