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The Psychopathic Personality
November 5, 2002
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To all please beware and take care.

By: Robert Conner, Psy.D

The psychopath is one of the most fascinating and distressing problems of the human experience. For the most part, a psychopath never remains attached to anyone or anything. They live a predatory lifestyle. They feel little or no regret, and little or no remorse-except when they are caught.

They need relationships, but see people as obstacles to overcome and be eliminated. If not, they see people in terms of how they can be used. They use people for stimulation, to build their self esteem and they invariably value people in terms of their material value.

The psychopath can have high verbal intelligence, but typically they lack emotional intelligence. They can be expert in manipulating people by playing on their emotions. There is a shallow quality to the emotional aspect of their stories for example, how they felt, why they felt that way, or how others may have felt and why.

The lack of emotional intelligence is the first good sign you may be dealing with a psychopath. A history of criminal behavior in which they do not seem to learn from their experience, but merely think about ways to not get caught is the second best sign.

The following is a list of items based ont the research of Robert Hare, PhD. which is derived from "The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised", 1991, These are the most hightly researched and recognized characteristics of psychopathic personality and behavior.

-glibness/superficial charm -need for stimulation/prone to boredom-conning/manipulative-shallow emotional response-parasitic lifestyle-promiscious sexual behavior-lack of realistic long term goals-irresponsibility-many short terms relationships-revocation of conditional release-grandiouse sense of self-worth-pathological lying-lack of remorse or guilt-callous/lack of empathy-poor behavioral controls-early behavioral problems-impulsivity-failure to accept responsibility for their own actions juvenile delinquency-criminal versatility.

There is no actual diagnosis of Psychopathy in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), but it is a highly studied area. A psychopath is not the same as an Antisocial Personality. Antisocial Personalities MAY or MAY NOT be psychopathic.

Antisocial Personality is primarily a problem involving a failure to respect the rights of individuals, the law and rules of society. Psychopathy involves poor emotional intelligence, the lack of conscience, and an inability to feel attached to people except in terms of their value as a source of stimulation or new possessions.

There is significant evidence to suggest that there may be a genetic influence that creates psychopathic personality, that adult psychopaths do not benefit from traditional counseling therapy and may in fact offend again and sooner because of it.

Other points of evidence include: the brain of a psychopath may fucntion and process information differently than those of non-psychopaths, less intelligent psychopaths end up in prisons while highly intelligent psychopaths can run companies, psychopahic behavior may have once had a strong genetic "survival of the species".

Finally, psychopathic personalities are much more common than most of us realize.

Grace and Peace,


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