There are more psychopaths among us than you anticipated. About one in thirty people have some psychopathic traits. You have to learn how to identify psychopathic personality. Then you will know if there is a psychopath around you. I wish I could have recognized psychopathic personality much earlier in my life. I would have a much better life experience if then I had possessed the ability to identify and rid them in due time. They caused much emotional and material damage to me. I won’t be surprised if some of you have a similar experience.
How to identify a psychopath
Are the psychopath, sociopath, and the Antisocial Personality Disorder the same? The psychopath has antisocial attributes, but their antisocial aspects are complemented with callousness, ruthlessness, extreme lack of empathy, lack of impulse control, deceitfulness, and sadism. Psychopathy rarely comes single-handed. It often comes hand in hand with narcissism and Machiavellianism. They are the dark triad.
Psychopathy is a spectrum personality disorder
Like other personality disorders, psychopathy becomes obvious in teenage years, but suspicious signs are visible much earlier. The precursors of the deviant trait can appear at the age of two years.
It’s a scientific debate, but psychopathy may be hereditary, but other factors contribute. Mainly growing up neglected in an uncaring family or being abandoned leads to personality disorders. The family line of the psychopath often has some form of personality disorder.
Because it’s not a mental illness, therefore it can’t be cured. However, unlike most other personality disorders, many times, it is mitigated with age, and criminal behavior tends to disappear by the fifth decade of life or earlier. However, many psychopaths are jailed four times for violent crime by the age of forty. That is because criminal behavior is more typical of young adults.
Not all psychopaths are criminals
I must emphasize that not all psychopaths are criminals. Moreover, only the minority are; however, the rest can and willing to inflict damages on unsuspecting victims without remorse too.
There are specific careers and professions where psychopaths can perform better than people with orderly personality, particularly in stressful situations and under pressure.
Not all psychopaths are evil. Psychopathy is a spectrum disorder, and individuals can fall anywhere on the spectrum. They are ranging from no psychopathic traits to sadistic mass murderers.
Psychopaths lack empathy. They consider other people as only instruments of compliance and tools for their achievement and deserve to be manipulated. A psychopath has no problem with brainchild plans and to develop a course of action and priorities. However, they are astonished when other people do the same. A female psychopath might make full use of her body and sex, or use the warm, nurturing, and dependent gender role stereotype to get what she wants. On the other hand, a male psychopath might use a macho image, intimidation, and aggression to achieve what he wants out of others.
Most people acknowledge that others have rights. The psychopath rejects give and take. They only take.
According to them, other people have no rights, and they, the psychopath, has no obligations to the community. The psychopath holds himself to be above morality and the law. The psychopath can’t wait with fulfillment. They want everything and want it right now. Their needs have priority over the needs, preferences, and emotions of even their closest.
Corporate psychopaths and psychopath politicians
White-collar psychopaths (corporate psychopaths, psychopath politicians) can be expected to be dishonest and engage in corruption, character murder, blackmail, fraud, and con-artistry for material gain, career advancement, or pure pleasure.
Psychopaths are irresponsible and unreliable. They do not honor contracts and agreements. A psychopath is unpredictable and rarely holds a job or residence for long. They don’t repay their debts or maintain long-term relationships.
Psychopaths feel no regret when they abuse or rip off others. They lack even the basic conscience. They justify their behavior and explain it away. Psychopaths are exploitative and incapable of love or intimacy.
Psychopaths are revengeful and hold on to hard feelings.
They are determined and dangerous
Psychopaths are often getting into conflict with authority. They are only thinking in a short time frame and seldom make long term plans. They are impulsive and reckless, aggressive, violent, short-tempered, and sometimes, they are captive of complexes and obsessions. The psychopath doesn’t care about the consequences of their actions.
Therefore, they often end up in prison and sometimes in the hands of the executioner. Partly to avoid their doom and to evade law enforcement and partially to gain material and other benefits from naive and unaware victims, psychopaths habitually lie, steal identities, defraud, and use force and aliases.
Reference: How to Recognize a Psychopath by Suzanne Kane