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10 Characteristic Traits of a Psychopath

Updated on June 5, 2014

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor before you change your diet, exercise program, or any other lifestyle changes.

Ted Bundy


What is a Psychopath, Socialpath, or Anti Social Personality Disorder Patient?

Webster’s definition of a psychopath is “a person who has an antisocial personality disorder; also called sociopath.” A psychopath has no regard for the feelings or well being of others or for society’s rules. A psychopath can be extremely violent, so safety should be your priority if you find yourself having one in your life.

At worst, they lack remorse and are shallow, heartless, selfish, dishonest, and aggressive people. This mental disease can be genetic; so if it runs in the family, always look for symptoms within yourself and your family members. Don’t live in denial. Bedwetting, cruelty to animals, fire starting, and bullying are a few red flag symptoms that could show early stages of a child or teen becoming a psychopath. However, there are many of them roaming our planet, and many are not violent at all. In fact, we all probably know one or two and don’t recognize their illness.

That being said, there are many who are not violent. They are, however, unpredictable which makes them just as dangerous.

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10 Symptoms of a Psychopath to Watch for

  1. Psychopaths are extremely manipulative. If you recognize this behavior in a co-worker, a red flag should go up in your vigilance department.
  2. The lack emotion, so any display of such is acting. If you pay attention, you should be able to see through the act. Watch the suspect even when you are not involved in the same area has him or her.
  3. When they are speaking, there are a huge amount of disruptions in their speech including um’s and uh’s.
  4. Psychopaths tend to be more concerned with basic human needs like, food, water and money, as opposed to believing in a higher power, church, spirituality and what happens in this world, alone.
  5. Pathological lying is a character trait of someone inflicted with a Psychopath mentality. They also believe what they are telling you, truth or not.
  6. Many are narcissistic beings. They believe the world revolves around them, and if it doesn’t, it should.
  7. Psychopaths are unable to accept responsibility for their actions. They will never admit blame for anything they’ve done. There is no remorse for any wrong doing they are engaged in.
  8. They rarely have long term goals. If you find a psychopath who has goals, generally they are not realistic.
  9. They are impulsive and irresponsible, so unpredictability is part of their character.
  10. If they tell you any stories about their childhood, be alert for a story or more where they hurt, tortured or killed a smaller being than themselves. This is an early sign of being a Psycho.

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    • limpet profile image

      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      When i was in High School and the Alfred Hitchcock production of Psycho was released all of my classmates especially the girls gave me the nickname of Psycho without any reason and consequently i didn't have any friends there however i did have friends at Sunday school. After an extremely lonely adolescence i applied to enlist in the army (the Vietnam war had begun) and was told by the psychiatrist at the recruiting station i was too immature for combat and tried again a year later to be told i was 'marked' as unfit for service in the armed forces. So i entered through the back door in the Reserves and guess what? They allotted me to the Counter intelligence Corp as an operative and asset. My controller was then a female security officer and though the duties were just routine she began playing 'mind games' on me, slightly at first but then building up to the extent of losing sleep over the occurrance. In i think my third or fourth year of service one time whilst off duty in civilian clothes i was approached by a lady offering to buy me a drink. This was unusual as i'd never had this happen before. As we spoke casually on mundane topics, she introduced herself as a military police woman on a case that concerned me to do with thefts of ammunition of which i knew nothing about. Then she bluntly said to me "We know more about you than you know yourself!" On the walk to the car park the last thing she said was "I would strongly advise you to co operate with us by giving us any information no matter how trivial. Then i got chewed out by my bosses for getting involved with another agency. So i got involved with the Hippy movement and it was quite obvious where that led to! I recently answered an add where a psychiatrist in private practice was offering a free consultation for 'down and out' and her determination was "There is not much wrong with you."

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      5 years ago

      So basically psychopaths are.....losers?

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      5 years ago

      There's a person I know who shows all the traits of a psychopath but I think he likes me and acts like he has feelings for me but not to anyone else. Does that still means he's a psychopath? And a person who doesent have a religion isn't always a psychopath I don't have a religion and I know im not a psychopath.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Not necessarily, Moslema.

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      5 years ago

      Does they have a special looking in their face and eyes

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      123, I'm not saying that people who aren't religious are psychopaths. I'm not sure how you got that out of this statement, "Psychopaths tend to be more concerned with basic human needs like, food, water and money, as opposed to believing in a higher power, church, spirituality and what happens in this world, alone."

      This is one of many signs, and may not apply at all, as is cruelty to animals and other signs. A combination of the signs should throw up a red flag (especially in children), and testing and/or treatment should be sought.

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      6 years ago

      So you're saying that essentially people who aren't religious in some way are psychopaths, which is bollocks.

      And lots of disruptions in speech is happens only when they're not all that good at lying.

      Perhaps this might help you spot an idiotic psychopath but they're not all that dangerous, if you're shrewd you might spot a real psychopath well after he's done with you, but usually you won't even know it's them that fucked you over.

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      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Very interesting, I had two Psychopaths in the family and they most of the symptoms you describe except the speech one/

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      Robert D'Silva 

      7 years ago from Mumbai

      very generalistic in nature. the topic & also the writing is good, but you could try to make it more specific & deeper.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Well, empty....move, change your phone number, change your job and RUN! HA HA HA

      Seriously, chances are this person may have insecurities and may not be a psychopath. Tune in to their insecurities, make them feel secure, and your relationship should improve.

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      7 years ago

      Help me i think im dating one

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you so much, Marcy! YOU are a great resource on this topic.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is such an important topic! There are far more of these frightening people walking around than we know. Their cold ability to do any act (violent or not) with no remorse is chilling. Thanks for helping people to spot these characteristics. The Hare Checklist is a great resource!

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, lorlie6. We should all be aware of what is really out there.

      Thanks for the comment also.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      Very scary stuff, Margaret. I read many books about these characters-fascinating to look/research their childhoods, etc.

      Thanks for this Hub, well done!

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you both for commenting

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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I can honestly say that I did not exactly know what a psychopath was before this hub. Not sure if I needed to know. Great hub.

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      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Very interesting, lots of new information in this article.


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