I propose the concept, that human beings, as animals have the same instincts as other animals. Even though we are social animals, we still have the basic nature of fight and flight and we teach ourselves to overrule these with the "conscious mind" or frontal lobe. To help reinforce the practice of inhibiting behaviour that "may" be destructive to other human beings, are many laws, and social and organisational constructs of "morality" (eg religion, schooling). These practices assist in the individuals development of conscience.
This leads me to a group of people who fail to conform to the social norms that are supposed to help to ensure that human beings have the optimal chance to overcome base desires and instincts.
The Dark Triad;
The key features being;
lack of empathy
lack of remorse
From the pure analysis that the percentage of people with these diagnoses are not the norm. It can be argued that these people are defective, as they are not the norm. It has been argued these personality types can be genetic and caused by environment and every permutation between. One could, almost argue that it is the underlying "default" of human nature, when all our conditioning is stripped away.
My question is:
Are people diagnosed with Narcissism, Machiavellianism or Psychopathy truly different; or are these set of personality traits dormant within all people?