Before you can spot a psychopath, you have to understand what that really means. Psychopath isn’t an actual medical diagnosis. Psychopaths–along with sociopaths–fall under the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.
Antisocial personality disorder may stem from a variety of genetic and environmental factors. Far more men than women meet the criteria. Symptoms tend to peak during the early 20s and sometimes improve on their own during the 40s.
Even for a trained therapist, psychopaths aren’t always easy to spot. They’re often quite likable–at least initially. But over time, their true nature becomes increasingly apparent.
Here are five telltale signs you’re dealing with a psychopath: