Do we really find selfish, narcissistic jerks more attractive?

Mean kids rule high school, and self-involved celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian get loads of attention. A new study might explain why

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
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The question: In high school, narcissistic jerks dominate the cool kids table, and some of us can't seem to shake our infatuation with KimYe's romance in spite of our better judgment. It's not exactly a secret that there's something entrancing about such self-involved twits. Psychologists even lump the telltale personality traits — narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy — of these kinds of people into an elastic term called the Dark Triad.

A new study confronts the question of whether we're really wired to find these types of borderline sociopaths more physically attractive than "normal" people based on the way they present themselves.

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