Spot a Psychopath with This List

No one can understand psychopaths better than the Canadian researcher, Dr Robert D Hare. He devoted much of his life to learning criminal minds. He received his doctorate degree in experimental psychology. He is a consultant for FBI and Canadian prison service. His gift to the world is the list of 20 traits he came up with to detect psychopaths. Psychologists who researched and used them in work regard them as highly accurate. The traits are so nicely explained that one does not need to have a degree in psychology to understand them.

Few of them, however, have been revised. That is common in any continues research study. Whatever is there can still be useful in detecting whether a psychopath lurks within the mind of a potential partner.

In order to assume that one is truly a psychopath, we have to make sure to figure out whether every single trait mentioned below is present in his personality. So read through the list and start the evaluation process.

Superficial charmer/Readily Fluent: This is quite straightforward. Someone with this trait tries to win the heart by appearing neat and comprehensive while ignoring the deep meaning of topic in question. For an object of affection or at a job interview, he may go overboard with it.

Feels superior than all others: The person feels he is more talented than all others. He works hard. His manner is perfect. He never does anything wrong. Others are jealous of his status.
In need of stimulation: Neither love nor a stable lifestyle is powerful enough to keep this person awake. He is easily bored and thus in need of a wide variety of new experiences.

Compulsive lying: The person is a pathological liar. Psychologists say that this is one of those traits that is hard to detect. Knowing the person for a while probably can ease it. One best sign is multiple versions of the same story told on and off.  He may say he spent time with his guy friend on Friday. Two days later, this friend will turn into 5 year old niece. This is just an example and not to be taken as what every liar says. Pathological liars also lie for attention and even when they just want to open their mouth out of boredom. Talking to friends may help the investigator get to real stories.

Devious and Manipulative: Now there can be hundreds of ways to be devious and manipulative. But what you just read above goes with manipulation quite well. Psychopaths are deceptive. They will use lying to get what they want. They cheat.

No regret/ Not feeling guilty: The person can hurt and not at all feel guilty about it. He is a coldblooded snake.

Shallow emotional response: Its is more like replacing deep feelings with what appears to be extremely shallow to a normal human being. In other words, the person equals lust with love, boredom with sadness and stability to having no life at all.

No empathy/hardhearted: He can't put himself in other person's shoes. In brief, he can't feel another person's feelings.

Parasitic lifestyle: This is the kind of lifestyle that has incomplete goals. The person does not care much about them. He is more interested in relying on someone else for financial help. He can also use manipulation to get what he wants. He is maybe into substance abuse also.

Inability to control behavior: This has to do with anger and violence. Don't even think about playing a critic to him. He is sensitive to comments and will respond to them with bitter words or violence. He can't help it. By now you should understand that no one has the right to burst his ego.

Promiscuity: Since he has a habit of thinking of lust as love and he is likely to manipulate people, promiscuity is a peace of cake in his life.

Behavioral problem at childhood: For this, one needs to get into the childhood history of the person in question. Some signs include bullying other children, raising voice against adults, anger management problem, inability to accept his own mistakes, breaking of rules set by adults and so on. Some serial killers did mention that when they were kids they enjoyed hurting animals.

Inability to have practical long term goals: As he thinks he is so superior, he is more inclined to setting long term goals that make no sense to anyone. But in most cases, what is short term looks more attractive to him. He cares not whether it will help him in the long run.

Acting on a whim: He is impulsive and that is the reason why he gets violent in normal situations.

Lacking a sense of responsibility: He does not keep promises. He does not complete what he starts. He is disinterested in helping a loved one.  He is uncaring towards his family members.
Devil playing angel
Does not accept his mistakes: Earlier we saw that psychopaths at young age are prone to doing this. It looks like it travels with them to adulthood. A psychopath does not know the meaning of saying sorry. Why should he? Didn't we just come to know that he can't feel when he hurts someone? Not accepting mistakes also has link to feeling superior.

Multiple failed marriages: For someone with a tendency to be violent and impulsive, having multiple marriages is normal.

Juvenile offenses: He did illegal activities before the age of 18. Cops probably know him.

Revocation of conditional release: Obviously people go to jail for a reason. In majority of the cases, the prisoners learn to behave for which they are released on time. Some may even get conditional release. For psychopaths, things are different. If the law enforcement people declare that the person is still a threat to the society he will have his conditional release order revoked.

 A wide variety of crimes: He does many different kinds of crimes. He has no trouble stealing, beating and selling illegal stuffs.

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