The Dark Triad – the Vulnerable Dark Triad – and the Dark Tetrad are extremely malevolent humans.
The Dark Triad is 1) narcissistic, 2) psychopathic, 3) Machiavellian manipulation.
The Vulnerable Dark Triad is 1) vulnerable narcissism, 2) borderline, 3) Machiavellian manipulation.
Add sadism to the Dark Triad to become the Dark Tetrad – described by Book et al. as the “core of evil.”
The dark personalities are in the family courts and they are savaging the lives of the children, dark personality parents destroying their children for the dark purposes of a pathological parent.
The children are groomed by the pathological dark parent, the children are seduced and they surrender to the Machiavellian manipulation. The child is captured, the child is lost in the psychological abuse from a pathological parent.
Our goal is to protect all children from all forms of child abuse 100% of the time. In all cases of court-involved custody conflict involving severe attachment pathology displayed by the child, a proper diagnostic risk assessment for possible child abuse needs to be conducted to the appropriate differential diagnosis for each parent.
This is child abuse. This is spousal abuse using the child as the weapon. We must protect the child. We must protect the targeted spouse-and-parent from abuse by the pathological parent using the child as the weapon.
Children are not weapons. Children should never be used as weapons by one parent against the other.
The absence of empathy is the capacity for cruelty – the capacity for cruelty is evil – Baron-Cohen.
Baron-Cohen, Simon (2011). The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty. New York: Basic Books.
The dark personalities are at the core of evil – Book et al.
(Evil) – Book, A., Visser, B.A., and Volk, A.A. (2015). Unpacking ‘‘evil’’: Claiming the core of the Dark Triad. Personality and Individual Differences 73 (2015) 29–38.
(Evil) – Book, A., Visser, B.A., Blais, J., Hosker-Field, A., and Methot-Jones, T. (2016). Unpacking more “evil”: What is at the core of the dark tetrad? Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 269-272.
The dark personalities are in the family courts and they are savaging the children.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857