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The Dark Character Cube (Garcia and Rosenberg 2016) is a model of malevolent character theoretically based on Cloninger’s biopsychosocial model of personality (Cloninger 2004) and in the assumption of a ternary structure of malevolent character (Paulhus and Williams 2002). In short, personality is a complex adaptive biopsychosocial system and malevolent character is suggested as a Dark Triad, thus, the Dark Character Cube is composed of eight possible malevolent character profiles based on people’s high/low levels in Machiavellianism (M for high, m for low), narcissism (N for high, n for low), and psychopathy (P for high, p for low): MNP “maleficent,” MNp “manipulative narcissistic,” MnP “antisocial,” Mnp “Machiavellian,” mNP “psychopathic narcissistic,” mNp “narcissistic,” mnP “psychopathic,” and mnp “benevolent” 1 (see Fig. 1).
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