Who Is A Psychopath?
Psychopathy, sometimes considered synonymous with sociopathy, is traditionally defined as a personality disorder characterized by persistent antisocial behavior, impaired empathy and remorse, and bold, disinhibited, and egotistical traits.
How To Identify A Psychopath?
1. Guilt Free
Psychology Today mentions Cleckley writing about the “pathologic egocentricity [and incapacity for love]” in psychopaths. This leads to a “parasitic lifestyle” where they never suffer an ounce of guilt for the damage they cause to others. They are calm and composed as long as their demands are met. They are basically selfish creatures.
They are extremely cold-hearted and show a “callous unconcern for the feelings of others.” They live in their own dark worlds and don’t wish to come out of it. Caring is a basic human impulse that stems from our emotional makeup, researches have now shown that their lack of concern has a biological basis. Their brains have weak bonds between the various components of the being’s emotional system. This lack of a strong connection leads to their inability to feel things intensely.
3. Parasitic Nature
According to Wikipedia, gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief.
Psychopaths use such techniques to pile up guilt on people they are associated with so that they can get what they want. They thrive on insecurities of other people and prey on vulnerable souls.
According to renowned psychologist Cleckley, psychopaths exhibit a “general poverty in major affective reactions” and a “lack of remorse or shame.” They are “emotionally shallow” and only care about themselves. They do not ever feel embarrassed or fearful; their apathy stems from their extreme egoism.
Psychopaths show a “grandiose sense of self-worth.” They think they know better than everyone and deserve the best. Their inflated sense of self-hinders their real understanding of the world because they just live for self-gratification and nothing else. It is obviously unhealthy to associate with such people as they will drag you down along with them.
‘Compulsive lying disorder’, also known as Pseudologia Fantastica or Mythomania, is a condition that describes the behavior of a habitual liar. People with the disorder are not able to control their lies and experience no guilt regardless of how the lies may affect themselves and others. The lack of guilt is frequently the result of the fact that the individual becomes so caught up in the lie that they are telling, they begin to believe it themselves. If confronted with a lie they have told in the past or one that they are presently telling, they will be insistent that they are speaking the truth.”
This is common with all psychopaths as it makes them feel in control of their and other people’s lives. They revel in the false sense of power that lying provides.
The reason why it is difficult to identify a psychopath is that of their charm. It is difficult to hate them as they are likable people with a flair for language. It is due to their personalities that they get away with a lot of things.
8. Not Accountable
They will never take ownership of anything they do or say. It is as if everyone owes them something and that they deserve to treat them well. They have a demi-god complex.