The Psychopath*

Psychopathy is a personality disorder with the following traits:

Lack of remorse (The Hallmark)

Lack of conscience

Lack of regard for others

Pathological liar

Charming

Emotionally bankrupt

Manipulative

Criminal and could become violent

Any age, gender, socioeconomic background

While someone with an Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is not a psychopath, the psychopath can be antisocial, creating a comorbidity (more than one disorder).  The following are traits for ASPD:

First Level – Immoral/Non-Criminal

Deceptive

Manipulative

Charming

Often angry and arrogant

A need to bring down others to raise their own standing

Second Level – Criminality

Deceptive

Lack of remorse

Charming

Potential for violence

May have been incarcerated

We need to add another layer to the psychopath.  If a psychopath possesses ASPD, they are also a narcissist because the former and latter have similar traits.  The following are traits for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD):

Self-centered (The Hallmark)

Exaggeration of talents and achievements

Charming

Takes advantage of other people to achieve their own goals

Have excessive feelings of self-importance

Have unreasonable expectations

Reacts to criticism with shame, rage, and humiliation

Remain vigilant to prevent from becoming a victim.

*Between 50 – 75% of the American violent prison population are psychopaths.

Vikki

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