01 February 2022

Definition and Characteristics of a Psychopath

Definition and Characteristics of a Psychopath
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

What is a psychopath? Healthline

Characteristics of the Modern Psychopath Psychology Today

Psychopathy & Aggression: When Paralimbic Dysfunction Leads to Violence PMC

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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.

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