19 June 2008

"Why women really do love self-obsessed psychopaths"

I expected better from the Independent, and particularly from its "science editor"! (for full article click on the headline above)

"Women might claim they want caring, thoughtful types but scientists have discovered what they really want – self-obsessed, lying psychopaths.

A study has found that men with the "dark triad" of traits – narcissism, thrill- seeking and deceitfulness – are likely to have a larger number of sexual affairs.

Peter Jonason, of New Mexico University in Las Cruces, believes that these traits may have an innate, genetic component that explains why some men seem unable to stop themselves behaving badly."

Even when we ignore the dodgy "science" (Mr Jonason has foolishly failed to patent this "dirty rotten scoundrel" gene which he claims exists), the claim is simply that men with psychopathic tendencies are more likely to go out looking for affairs, which to my mind simply makes it more statistically likely that such men have affairs, (as the other chaps are at home with their families or are happy going about their business and not trying to seduce women left, right and centre).

Clearly, there is no evidence at all that "women" (which implies of course, "all women"...we are a homogenous group, after all) seek out these men. And of course it is not even considered that the women with whom these men have affairs may also be self-obsessed, lying psychopaths, which would explain how the men's "strategy" appears to be so successful in the first place...