Beware of vampires in disguise : Dark empaths

Beware of vampires in disguise : Dark empaths
Once they have a good understanding of the nature of their target, their fears, weakness, sensitive points and what triggers them; they use it to provoke, nurture or further the negative states in the other person while coming across as someone who is with you not against you.

Empathy is one of the most desirable human traits. Listening to someone without judgment seeing things from their eyes is not only comforting to the speaker but enhances the worldview of the listener. Hogan defined empathy as ‘the intellectual or imaginative apprehension of another’s condition or state of mind’ that builds trust, understanding and connection. But before confiding your life matters to an amiable person exuding warmth, be double sure he/she is not a dark empath or someone with empathy alongside ‘dark triad’.

The dark empaths successfully deploy empathy with dark triad traits making them vicious. The term “Dark Triad” coined by researchers Delroy L. Paulhus and Kevin M. Williams in 2002 refers to a trio of negative personality traits, namely narcissism, machiavellianism and psychopathy.

Have you come across a person with a heightened sense of self-regard seeking self-admiration with a constant need for being in the spotlight?...

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Dr. Farah Naqvi

Associate Professor (OB & HR) at Gulf Centre for University Education (GCUE), Kuwait

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Dr. Farah Naqvi

Associate Professor (OB & HR) at Gulf Centre for University Education (GCUE), Kuwait

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