Psychopaths; not all are serial killers
Not all psychopaths are serial killers. Most have never performed a physically violent act. Many get their pleasure by hurting other people; hurting them emotionally, mentally, economically.
Seeming to fit perfectly into society, many are extremely successful. This is because they are not hobbled by emotions, a sense of right or wrong, or any of the restrictions others perceive. They will do anything without remorse because they are incapable of feeling remorse.
The Guy sitting Next To You
Unlike a wacko like Charles Manson who is clearly a perfect example of a psychopath, most are not diagnoised. They may never see the inside of a mental institution or even be suspected. This is because they seem to fit in so well.
Robert Hare, considered the expert in psychopathy, created this twenty point check list.
Item 1 Glibness/superficial charm
Item 2 Grandiose sense of self-worth
Item 3 Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Item 4 Pathological lying
Item 5 Cunning/manipulative
Item 6 Lack of remorse or guilt
Item 7 Shallow affect
Item 8 Callous/lack of empathy
Item 9 Parasitic lifestyle
Item 10 Poor behavioural controls
Item 11 Promiscuous sexual behaviour
Item 12 Early behaviour problems
Item 13 Lack of realistic long-term goals
Item 14 Impulsivity
Item 15 Irresponsibility
Item 16 Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Item 17 Many short-term marital relationships
Item 18 Juvenile delinquency
Item 19 Revocation of conditional release
Item 20 Criminal versatility
Pleasure from your pain
J.D. is a psychopath.
He has never killed anyone;
He has left a lifetime of
destruction behind him,
from ruining his siblings
relationship to their
parents, to interferring
in the love affairs of his
He has gotten people to lose their jobs, lose their homes, and sits back as if watching a pleasant pasture.
He can not feel. He does not use 'feel' words unless one prompts him or he is alerted
that they are expected.
With a deep contempt for people, he relishes how easy they are to manipulate.
How so few people have ever questioned the lies he has told.
With pride he describes how he destroyed a 'friends' marriage by a few veiled remarks suggesting she was unfaithful.
He boasts about "turning my idiot sister against our mother so that I became the only
one who cared about her, so she left me the bulk of her property".
Not that he needs the value as he is an extremely successful businessman.
Business Leader or Psychopath?
Reading over the check list one is struct by the fact that the bulk of the traits can be found among some of the most successful people in society.
This terrifying fact has not been lost on the psychiatric community which warns that there are far more psychopaths than we have come to assume.
As portrayed in J.D. the behaviour is not unusual. Many of us can point to the evil lie that was told to us or about us upon which we or others acted. Many of us have been tricked by those we trusted who show no remorse.
Think of those business owners who can close down a factory, and disappear, or those who have never paid us for work down, or tricked us out of our savings.
Many of these people are psychopaths and just because they didn't kill ten people or cannibalise their roommate does not mean they are not.
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