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PSYCHOPATHS – Spotting The Psychopath Next Door, Part 3 - By Chris Gearing

Tuesday, December 02, 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, eleven through fifteen:

11. Sexual Promiscuity

Sexual gratification and promiscuity are a part of the psychopath lifestyle, and sexual partners are selected, used, and discarded on a whim. Psychopaths use coercion, exploitation, and even sexual assaults to meet their sexual needs.

12. Early Evidence

Many psychopaths portray these characteristics early in life, and they often demonstrate antisocial behaviors and interpersonal cruelty as a child or teen.

13. Stealing Dreams

Psychopaths are predators of the hopes and dreams of others. They have difficulty creating and executing goals and plans of their own, and they want quick wins with little work. They choose to excel by exploiting the labors of others and stepping in to take all the credit.

14. Impulsivity

Temptations are difficult to resist, and they recklessly pursue any pleasurable opportunity with little thought of the consequences. They feel that they are invincible, and they don’t need to worry about the consequences that normal people face.

15. Irresponsibility

Psychopaths fail to honor their obligations or their promises. They often betray the trust of others by repeatedly walking away from financial, social, and business agreements.


"Psychopathy" by Theodore Millon, et. al.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout

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