There really is a war going on. Not the one simmering in Ukraine, nor the ones in Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq or Sudan. Not the war on terror, the war on drugs or even the battle of the sexes. 836 more words
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Chris Mooney at Slate reports on some actual psychological research that has been done on Internet trolls:
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[R]esearch, 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).
For any person managing a company blog, Facebook Page or other online asset, we all know and think about the trolls. We advise, and are advised by, others to not feed the trolls. 579 more words
So yesterday, I decided to go through my Facebook friends and decide which of them would score high on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. PLEASE NOTE that I use the terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” interchangeably here mostly just because of the name of the checklist, although I subscribe largely to the opinion that there is a difference, mainly being that a “psychopath” tends to tread on the wrong side of the law because of an inability to control him- or herself and a “sociopath” doesn’t. 1,651 more words