ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Psychopathy - Symptoms of a Psychopath - The True Criminal Mind

Updated on January 9, 2011

Psychopathy the Symptoms

Robert Hare, whose Hare Psychopathy Checklist is widely used, describes psychopaths as "intraspecies predators".

Glib and superficial charm; The tendency to be charming, smooth,slick, engaging and verbally facile. A psychopath is not afraid to say anything nor do they get tongue-tied. A good example is they do not follow social conventions about taking turns in talking.

Grandiose estimation of self (exaggeratedly high); self-idealization or grandiosity promotes narcissistic over-estimation of the self.

Need for stimulation; particularly likely to seek out and respond favorably to complex, interesting, and intense stimulus situations.

Pathological lying; the repeated utterance of untruths; the lies are often repeated over a period of years, with the lies eventually becoming a lifestyle.

Cunning and manipulativeness ; their ability to distort the truth.

Lack of remorse or guilt; unable to feel regret or have a bad conscience over responsibility of their actions.

Shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness); lack of empathy, incapacity for love, lack of guilt or remorse.

Callousness and lack of empathy ; inability to identify with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.

Parasitic lifestyle ; An intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on others.

Poor behavioral controls ; unable to act or behave in the norm.

Sexual promiscuity; In human sexual behavior, promiscuity denotes sex with relatively many partners.

Early behavior problems; some examples are hitting, pushing, yelling, picky eaters, tantrums, fighting with peers, problems sleeping and so on.

Lack of realistic long term goals; only out for the now, has no regard for the future.

Impulsivity; acting on the moment use little or no forethought.

Irresponsibility: I think this needs no explanation, we all know irresponsibility.

Failure to accept responsibility for own actions; always someone else's fault, can't admit when wrong.

Many short term martial relationships; Married several times or lives with a partner for very short periods of time.

Juvenile delinquency; legal problems as a youth, always in trouble at home or school.

Revocation of conditional release; like violating parole and going back to jail.

Criminal versatility; Can and will do anything illegal with a great variety.

Do You Know A Psycho?

I'll bet if you look at the list above you will see several symptoms of someone you know or love. My own son fits some of them, its scary to think about it. I only know of one person that really fits all the symptoms of a Psychopath, and that is my daughters ex husband. I can't go into detail with out her permission, but I think he is a true psychopath. Thirty something years old 4 children by e different women. Married 4 times. He has a rap sheet listing crimes from crack to arson. Co-dependent on others, an excellent con man, the list goes on.

If you know someone like this be careful, they are very dangerous people.

Some famous or well know Psychopaths:

Jeffery Dahmer, murdered 20 men between 1978 and 1991.

John Wayne Gracey Jr., convicted and executed for rape and murder of 33 boys and men.

Ted Bundy, actual number unknown but suspected of over 100 murders of young women from 1974 - 1978.

And one that every knows about Jack The Ripper know for killing prostitutes in 1888.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Phoebe Pike 

      8 years ago

      I wonder how many people there are in this world like that... too many.

    • DoreenLittlefield profile image


      8 years ago from Northeastern USA

      Your hub was informative and I'm glad I saw it. I'm following Hare's research (and research set in motion by Hare's work) into psychopathy, my condition. I'm on Luvox and several other meds and in strict mandatory therapy which, though it cannot cure my damaged brain, has alleviated the hate I carried for years to enough of a degree that I no longer feel the urge to hurt people unless they strike out at me. In any case I'm in the unusual position of being a helper for a family going through cancer loss and grieving; several others of my kind have caused them great pain. Although I cannot feel moral outrage for this, I'm not particularly pleased about it. I therefore act as a buffer of sorts to protect their raw feelings whilst dealing with such individuals. Detractors of this family's public service activities find that I do not respond as expected when they deal with me!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      yeah i know alot of people like this. Some things so horrible to hear what they admit that they have done in their past lives. Its so sad, crazy and just psychoness.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Iv,e known one person like that

      very scary.

      enjoyed your hub.

    • JannyC profile image


      9 years ago

      Wow great hub and informative.

    • BJBenson profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      I have survived being such a person. I will pray for you.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)