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The Life of a Psychopath

“He lives down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart.” - Thomas Harris


What is psychopathy.

Psychopathy is a profound and unofficially recognized personality disorder, characterized by insincerity, beyond the pale behavior, and a lack of remorse and empathy for others, a subclass of antisocial personality disorder. It is stated that the prevalence rate of psychopathy amongst adults is 4.5% of the general population, and probably more than that but at different levels. They aren't typically as cruel as we might think but liable with very troubled brains that won't forsake them; it is not that I sympathize with them, but I slightly understand the limitation that obstructs them from dealing with their problems and the way they hitch their wagon.

Who is a psychopath.

Psychopathy isn't only about people who commit heinous acts as presented by the image we have of them, it is an extreme of human behavior, but it is way more complicated than this understanding. We have differently wired brains, but most of us judge each other's actions based on our perceptions. Psychopaths tend to view the world differently, in a way that makes the world seem like a game of survival. People with psychopathy are most likely to seem friendly and are very hard to be spotted amongst the crowd. They are insensitive to other people's welfare and their feelings and they find it hard to understand others, and they are impulsive. To further understand their minds, we need to consider some aspects that construct their behavior.

Callousness and delinquency.

From lying to aggression, callousness is the vital core of a psychopath's behavior, caused by both interior and exterior factors and manifested in social acts done by them that others would perceive as evil. They are indifferent to human emotions, and often cold-blooded. It is all about the lack of empathy towards others, the sense of being the center of the world. It is hard to treat a psychopath, but it is possible to control their symptoms. We are all well-aware of our fears, so we don't act upon them; on the contrary, a fearless disposition drives them to do things others would not dare to do. Deviant behavior such as destructive manners, rule breaking, and aggression are among many other characteristics, measured by their boldness and disinhibition. They constantly need stimulation, driven by their grandiosity and self-control capacity.

Grandiosity and Deceitfulness.

Grandiosity and deceitfulness are part of their interpersonal traits. Their extreme sense of self-worth regulates their conscience, and they firmly perceive themselves as the center of the world, and that everything revolves around them. It is a commonly shared characteristic among many other disorders, but the manipulation aspect is what makes a psychopath's grandiosity detrimental.


The manipulation aspect of it is what makes a psychopath as clever as they are, they will try to make use of you using their parasitic lifestyle, they will try to charm and deceive you, and they are very good at it. They might disregard you for the fun of it and lure you into emotional traps in order to get the most out of you. These individuals do have insight into their maladaptive traits, and they will make sure they use it to progress in life. They use exploitation to hide their motives, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they like it.

Psychopathy and crime.

Psychopathic traits have significant impacts on the different types of prohibited behavior and risk facets, but what really really leads a psychopath to be a criminal; the answer is that there are risk factors that trigger and impact these deviant behaviors, factors such as genetics, the environment surrounding them, family history, poverty, parental neglect, these factors lead to ruthlessness and inhumanity, their characteristics constitute a unique perspective, a survival mechanism used by them, that only they know about it, they are much more likely to be imprisoned for committing violent crimes than others, based on surveys and studies that concluded so.

Psychopathy and society.

Many psychopaths refrain from antisocial acts, depending on the severity of their psychopathy level. Studies suggest that they are able to inhibit these impulses better than others and control themselves. They are very prone to success based on their lifestyle, and they often have promising careers and trajectories. Those who are successful are those who control their impulses and don’t break social norms.

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In society, they are assertive, and that is what makes their lives better than others. They don’t blame themselves, they don’t punish themselves, and they don’t think twice. If they want to do something, they will go for it. In conclusion, they most likely will have a great time if they get away with it.


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