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Post by Melissa, manager on Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:00 pm

Have you ever been involved in a discussion with someone when a troll showed up to cause trouble? According to a psychologists, Dr. Erin Buckels, forum trolls may actually have the same personality traits as psychopaths, as well as other undesirable characteristics. Do you agree with the article below, or do you believe that from trolls just want to have some harmless fun like everyone else?

Article:

The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).
It is hard to overplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html




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