What Would Optimus Prime Do?

Leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons are used to illustrate how schemas about leadership concepts are influenced by popular media. Understanding these schemas can help educate people about leadership and followership. Knowing the answer to "What would Optimus Prime Do?" could help leaders be more selfless and effective.

How Narcissists Fail

Narcissists tend to self-enhance and capture other people's attention, which can help them succeed, usually in the short term. Over time, their behaviors are off-putting to acquaintances, and usually lead them to be perceived negatively.

Healthy Self-Esteem versus Healthy Narcissism

Response to a comment about yesterday's post, which tries to clear the air about where the "sub-clinical" version of narcissism I discussed fits into a conception of healthy self-esteem versus pathological narcissism.

Why You May End Up Working for a Narcissist

Narcissists can get ahead at work, maybe even beyond their actual contributions. How do they do it? What behavior strategies contribute to it? I describe some of the mechanisms we believe contribute to narcissists' corporate climbing effectiveness.

The Pros and Cons of Having a Dark Side

The dark side of personality consists of a variety of sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful characteristics. We describe these in some detail, focusing on the Dark Triad of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, but also discuss some other approaches that include more characteristics. We provide some benefits and potential downsides for the traits that are listed