After all, it seems that people with personality traits known as the “Dark Triads”- narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy- are better than others in using clothing, makeups, and hairstyles to make themselves look more attractive.
In fact, psychopathy is associated with varying blends of certain personality traits, which include egocentricity, manipulativeness, superficial charm, lack of fear, lack of empathy, and lack of guilt or remorse.
In this study, the researchers photographed more than 110 students in their everyday attire. Each subject had to wash off any makeup and change his/her clothes into a t-shirt and sweatpants. Then, all of them were photographed in this unadorned state.
In addition, the subjects took special personality tests that measured traits included the Dark Triads. And each subject gave some contact information for several friends; so that he/she can be assessed based on his/her peers.
The researchers found that in the first group of photos, in which the members were wearing their own clothes and make up, subjects who scored high marks for the Dark Triads were rated more attractive than the subjects who scored low marks for the Dark Triads.
However, in the second group of photos, the researchers found no correlation between attractiveness and Dark Triads.