A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Psychology has linked left-wing extremism to toxic, psychopathic tendencies and narcissism. The study found that those who identify as left-wing extremists are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychopathy and narcissism than those who do not.
The study used a sample of 1,000 participants from the United States and Europe who identified as either right-wing or left-wing extremists. They also found that these traits were linked to a greater likelihood of engaging in extremist activities such as violence against others or property damage.
The findings suggest that there may be a link between certain psychological traits and extremist behavior. This could have implications for how we understand and approach extremism, particularly when it comes to prevention efforts. It could also help inform public policy decisions related to extremism, such as how best to respond when faced with an extremist threat.
The researchers caution that their findings should be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size used in the study. They also note that further research is needed in order to better understand the relationship between psychological traits and extremist behavior.