View Full Version : True and false victims

Jack Dammit
July 20th, 2020, 07:54 AM
I thought this discussion relevant to character development and interaction.

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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:

Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities

(The "Dark Triad" traits are Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.)

The obligation to alleviate others’ pain can be found in most of the world’s moral systems. It also appears to be built into the structure of the mind by evolution, as evidenced by the human tendency to feel distress at signs of suffering. It is therefore not surprising that many people are motivated to help perceived victims of misfortune or disadvantage. But the downside of this proclivity is that it can also lead people to be easily persuaded that all victim signals are accurate signals, particularly when they perceive the alleged victim as being a “good person.” When this occurs, well-meaning people might allocate their material and social resources to those who are neither victims nor virtuous, which necessarily diverts resources from those who are legitimately in need. Effective altruism requires the ability to differentiate between false and true victims. Credulous acceptance of all virtuous victim signals as genuine can also enable and reward fraudulent claims, particularly by those with antisocial personality traits.