Personality disorders are one of the most common mental disorders affecting nearly 10% of adults. A combination of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy constitute the “Dark Triad” and are particularly problematic in organizations. Persons with these traits tend to have less empathy, are more manipulative and deceptive, self-serving, and sometimes bullying and predatory. Such behaviors damage morale, cause conflict, increase turnover, and may involve liability. This presentation describes the Dark Triad, how they impact the workplace, their employment rights, and how such behavior can be managed.
David Swenson PhD LP is Director of the MBA in Rural Healthcare at the College of St. Scholastica. He is also a forensic psychologist and has practiced in the field for 50 years, consulting with health and human service organizations, businesses, and law enforcement. He has presented widely on the impact of personality disorders on families, organizations, and society.
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