The 7 Deadly Sins & Society

The Dark Triad

  • Machiavellianism
  • Narcissism
  • Psychopathy


The 7 Deadly Sins and characteristics

  1. Anger
    1. Uncontrollable feelings, frustrations expressed internally (vengeful thoughts) or outwardly as physical assault or verbal aggression.
    2. Low agreeableness
  2. Envy
    1. Overwhelming sense of resentment
    2. Wish for others to be deprived of the things that they themselves lack
  3. Gluttony
    1. Overconsumption
      1. Food
      2. Alcohol
      3. Drugs
    2. Extravagant spending
    3. Linked to negative pole of HEXACO's Honesty-Humility factor
    4. Materialism
  4. Greed
    1. Tendency to manipulate and betray others for personal gain
    2. Strong reflection of Machiavellianism
  5. Lust
    1. Sexual nature
      1. Promiscuity
    2. Low-religiosity
  6. Pride
    1. Excessive self-love
    2. Disregard for the efforts of others
    3. Closely resembles narcissistic trait
  7. Sloth
    1. Lack of motivation
    2. Unwillingness to utilize fully one's skills


Acedia: being "a slave from within"

  • Psychological signs:
  1. Tedium
  2. Boredom
  3. General laziness
  • A "temptation", state of restlessness, of not living in the present and seeing the future as overwhelming
  • Solution according to Kathleen Norris: "the one thing needful"
    • Remembrance of god
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet: "The indecisiveness of the prince, in particular, is nothing other than saturnine acedia.
  • The writer David J. Cord claimed acedia can even affect an entire organization, and in The Decline and Fall of Nokia cites a culture of acedia as a prime cause for the collapse of Nokia's mobile device unit.
  • Nihilism
  • Despair
  • Mental illness
  • Related terms:
    • Aboulia (disorder of diminished motivation)
    • Aergia - Greek goddess personifying sloth
    • Anomie
    • Identity Crisis: the failure to achieve ego identity during adolescence, coined by Erik Erikson.
      • Exhibiting confusion
      • Related term: Identity foreclosure
        • An identity developed by an individual without much choice.
        • "foreclosed individuals often go into crisis, not knowing what to do without being able to rely on the norms, rules, and situations to which they have been accustomed."
      • Related Term: Identity diffusion can be described as "the apathetic state that represents the relative lack of both exploration and commitment"
    • Joie de vivre: French for Joy of Living
      • It "can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung. Robert's Dictionnaire says joie is sentiment exaltant ressenti par toute la conscience, that is, involves one's whole being."[1]
      • Brought into literary existence by Michelet (1857) to compare the passive life of plants to animals joie de vivre
      • Characterized with the rise of hippie culture
      •  Carl Rogers saw, as one of the by-products, the rediscovery of what the latter called "the quiet joy in being one's self...a spontaneous relaxed enjoyment, a primitive joie de vivre".[5
      • Self-actualization
    • Noonday Demon: The term Noonday Demon (also Noonday DevilDemon of NoontideMidday Demon or Meridian Demon) is used as a personification and synonym for acedia. It indicates a demonic figure thought to be active at the noon hour which inclines its victims (usually monastics) to restlessness, excitability and inattention to one's duties. 

    Continue to think differently.

    - WPD

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