30 November 2022

Definition and Characteristics of a Psychopath

Characteristics, Signs and Symptoms of a Psychopath

Definition and Characteristics of a Psychopath: Mental Health and Motivation

Psychopaths are generally viewed as aggressive, insensitive, charismatic, irresponsible, intelligent, dangerous, hedonistic, narcissistic and antisocial. These are persons who can masterfully explain another person's problems and what must be done to overcome them, but who appear to have little or no insight into their own lives or how to correct their own problems.

Those psychopaths who can articulate solutions for their own personal problems usually fail to follow them through. Psychopaths are perceived as exceptional manipulators capable of feigning emotions in order to carry out their personal agendas.

Without remorse for the plight of their victims, they are adept at rationalization, projection, and other psychological defense mechanisms. The veneer of stability, friendliness, and normality belies a deeply disturbed personality. Outwardly there appears to be nothing abnormal about their personalities, even their behavior.

They are careful to maintain social distance and share intimacy only with those whom they can psychologically control. They are noted for their inability to maintain long-term commitments to people or programs.”― Eric W. Hickey, Forensic Psychologist

The 16 characteristics of psychopaths:
Intelligent
Rational
Calm
Unreliable
Insincere
Without shame or remorse
Having poor judgment
Without capacity for love
Unemotional
Poor insight
Indifferent to the trust or kindness of others
Overreactive to alcohol
Suicidal
Impersonal sex life
Lacking long-term goals
Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
― Hervey M. Cleckley, The Mask of Sanity

Warning Signs you’re Dealing with a Psychopath

Defining traits of a Psychopath, according to a Researcher who Studies them Insider

What is a psychopath? Healthline

Characteristics of the Modern Psychopath Psychology Today

Psychopathy & Aggression: When Paralimbic Dysfunction Leads to Violence PMC

Signs of a Psychopath: Traits & Characteristics Choosing Therapy

Signs of Psychopathy in Kids Verywell Family

The Empathic Brain of Psychopaths: From Social Science to Neuroscience in Empathy
Frontiers in Psychology

Twenty Warning Signs: You may be dealing with a Psychopath Personal Growth Counseling

Warning Signs you’re Dealing with a Psychopath CBT Psychology

What is a psychopath? Healthline

Psychopathy / Psychopath Book Mentions

The Mark of Cain : Psychoanalytic Insight and the Psychopath
J. Reid Meloy

The Mask of Sanity: An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues About the So Called Psychopathic Personality Hervey M. Cleckley

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain
James Fallon

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience
Kent A. Kiehl PH. D

Violence and Psychopathy
Robert D. Hare (auth.) & Adrian Raine & José Sanmartín (eds.)

Without Conscience : The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Robert D. Hare PH.D.

Signs You're Dealing With a Psychopath - Video





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