Psychopathy is diagnosed with a special list entitled the 20-item Hare Psychopathy Checklist. A person who scores 30 or more on this list is a psychopath. Neurological issues, genetics, and environmental factors are what determine psychopathic traits.
The articles in this section focus on psychopathy and things like antisocial personality disorder, for example. These articles can help you to better understand how detrimental personality disorders like psychopathy can be to others. Psychopathy is quite serious and needs psychological treatment.
Psychopathy is one of the hardest disorders to detect. A psychopath can blend into society, and the reason for this is that they mimic the behavior of other human beings, especially emotional behavior. They don’t feel these emotions, but they study others who are experiencing them so they can blend into society and fool other people. Psychopaths don’t experience empathy, but they can learn to appear empathetic to trick people. They’re highly manipulative and volatile with no conscience. They can be criminal in character. It can be fascinating to learn about psychopathy, but psychopaths are cruel and unemotional. They don’t care about others, and they’re out for themselves. They’re relentless about going for their goals, and because they don’t care about the feelings of others, it makes it easier to create and meet their goals. They don’t have to stop and feel guilty about hurting someone’s feelings. They don’t care about being liked unless it gets them closer to what they want.
Psychopaths vs. Sociopaths
Though both are frequently diagnosed under the same umbrella of Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), the term “psychopath” differs from the term “sociopath.” A sociopath is a human being that experiences little-to-no empathy and has a little-to-no conscience. Sociopaths are usually a result of their environment. A sociopath may have grown up in a chaotic or traumatic environment that lead them to develop ASPD. There's a critical difference between a sociopath and a psychopath; a psychopath is born that way, and a sociopath develops their condition from their environment. Sociopaths and psychopaths have traits of ASPD, but a psychopath's condition is more severe.
People who are psychopaths have a disorder, and psychopathy is a spectrum. Some psychopaths are violent, and some commit criminal behaviors, whereas others are not violent and don’t engage in criminal activity. There are notable differences in a psychopaths brain than the brain of a person that is not a psychopath. They can’t form loving relationships or feel fear. They’re egocentric, narcissistic, and don’t care about others. In clinical settings, psychopathy is detected using a checklist of traits. Psychopathy is misunderstood, and it’s difficult for many people to grasp.
Are Psychopaths Evil?
The idea that psychopaths are vicious people is not true. Psychopaths aren’t necessarily evil. Living without a conscience, they may appear evil. They don’t necessarily have good moral decision-making skills. People tend to think of psychopaths as villains in movies, but psychopathy affects real human beings, and it is attributed to differences in the brain. A psychopaths brain shows differences in both structure and function. Some psychopaths can hurt or damage people, whereas others are innocent and don’t intend to manipulate or harm people.
Psychopaths and Predators
Though it isn’t true for all of them, some psychopaths are predators. Some prey on other people and are relentlessly abusive, whereas others show symptoms more subtle and aren't abusive. Typically, psychopaths that are predators or criminals are the most severe cases. Many psychopaths want to gain control over other people or use them as pawns. They’re not doing it on purpose; they have an illness that makes them believe that other human beings should serve them. They genuinely think that other people are supposed to be beneath them. Because they’re sure that people are supposed to follow them, they’re good leaders. A psychopath has a strong desire to be in a leadership role. When they’re in a leadership position, they’re able to hold their power over other people. They can manipulate others, and make them do what they want. They might use others to achieve their goals, such as money or recognition, often using manipulation tactics to get it. Manipulation can be asserted in a variety of ways. They might be subtle about their manipulation, or they could be aggressive. It depends on the personality of the person who has psychopathy.
You might be reading this and think that you’re in a relationship with a psychopath, and if you are, there is hope. You can figure out what to do next. If you think that you are in a relationship with a psychopath or if you have traits of psychopathy yourself, it’s important to seek help from a licensed mental health professional. If you’ve encountered a psychopath, you don’t have to remain in that situation. Find a counselor at BetterHelp that you can work through your experiences with.