Ted Thornhill & Fiona Macrae
It’s said so often that it’s a cliché – women love bad men. But it turns out that there is a science behind the notion.
During a discussion this week on America’s NPR (formerly National Public Radio), human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar expressed his surprise that singer Rihanna still reportedly likes Chris Brown, who he said ‘didn’t only hit Rihanna, he made her look like Buster Douglas’.
National Review writer Kevin D Williamson pointed out, however, that she may not be able to help it – because it’s in her genes to like men like Chris Brown.
Writing in a blog following the show this week he cited several pieces of research that back up his view, including the much quoted ‘Dark Triad’ work of Professor Peter Jonason.
This combines the self-obsession of narcissism, the impulsive, thrill-seeking and callous behaviour of the psychopath and the deceitful and exploitative nature of Machiavellianism.