If you dream about this regularly, there’s a good chance you are a psychopath

New research found that if you possess these dark personality traits, there’s a good chance you have them when you dream to.

It was recently reported that people who tend to have “dark” personality traits such as selfishness, narcissism, and entitlement tend to also put their ambition above all else and all people. Well now it turns out, these people with this dark core or “d-factor” are probably dreaming about the same things too.

New research from the University of Liverpool and the University of Turku in Finland found that if you possess these dark personality traits, there’s a good chance you have them when you dream to. The experiment used 300 people and first looked at whether the subjects had the “Dark Triad” personality traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. Then they asked them how many times a week they dreamed about behaviors including hitting or killing someone and sexual dreams that included people they knew or groups of people.

What your dreams say about you

The study found that the subjects who exhibited the Dark Triad traits had a positive correlation when it came to sexual and violent dreams. Psychopathy and Machiavellianism—a person so focused on their own interests that they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to get ahead—were associated with dreams focusing on aggression, while psychopaths and narcissists tended to have more sex dreams.

But do note that this was a very small study and having dreams about these subjects does not automatically make you a psychopath. You just may want to cut back on the horror movies this month if you find yourself having lots of violent dreams. 

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.