So if you’re wicked good at putting together Ikea furniture using nothing but the crap instructions that come in the box – chances are you’ll also be good at solving other puzzles too.
A group of scientists from Germany and Denmark feel that this same principle can also be used to judge exactly how evil a given individual is: if you’re a malicious jerk in one corner of your life – the chances are very good that you’ll be a sociopath about stuff in other areas as well.
They’re calling this crosshatching of shitty tendencies a ‘D-Factor’:
From Scientific American:
Morten Moshagen and his colleagues proposed that a D-factor exists – which they define as the basic tendency to maximize one’s own utility at the expense of others – accompanied by beliefs that serve as justifications for one’s malevolent behaviors.
In their definition utility refers to goal achievement.
For those scoring high on the D-factor utility maximization is sought despite running contrary to the interests of others or even for the sake of bringing about negative outcomes in others.