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PSYCHOPATHS – Spotting The Psychopath Next Door, Part 1 - By Chris Gearing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Psychopaths live among us.

They can be found in prisons and the criminal organizations you would expect, but they also have a grip on many of the power centers of our society. They are quite common in the fields of politics, business, the professions (law, medicine, etc.), and in your neighborhood. They walk among us silently and without notice, and they are often difficult to detect due to their charming personalities and well-honed ability to manipulate and deceive us.

Despite the ten different types of psychopaths, there seems to be a very useful system for spotting them called the Hare Psychopathy Checklist—Revised.

Here are Hare’s common characteristics of psychopaths, one through five:

1. Superficial Charm

Hare says that the critical difference between normal charm and psychopathic charm is the utter absence of conscience. They glide through our society like a snake often giving the appearance of decency and decorum.

2. Grandiose Self-Worth

Psychopaths view themselves as better than those around them and they hold an inflated view of their intelligence and abilities. They live to exploit the gifts of others and then dispose of them in the blink of an eye.

3. Thrill Seeking

They seek out adventure and constantly search for the next task to give them that rush of adrenaline. They feel that ordinary lives are beneath them.

4. Pathological Lying

All forms of lying, everything from omission of details to deliberate misdirection, are acceptable to the psychopath in the pursuit of their goal.

5. Exploitation & Manipulation

They love to use deceit and trickery to fool you into doing what they want – no matter the cost to you. In addition, they expect you to always fall for their deception since they are convinced that you are too stupid to figure them out.

Sources:

"Psychopathy" by Theodore Millon, et. al.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout


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