If an individual has at least any four of the below in a very pronounced form, there are grounds for concern. Many people have a touch of several of these traits, but few have a majority of them in full measure. They are:

1) Glib and superficial charm;

2) Grandiose sense of self-worth; narcissism; seeing the self as the center of the universe; feeling “no one else is human, only I”;

3) Focused self-advancement without losing any energy on others except as stepping-stones;

4) No moral taboos or inhibitions as to methods, aiding career success until caught;

5) Need for constant stimulation, action, and new ways to avoid boredom;
6) Lying as an art form to fine-tune and a source of pride;

7) Targeting and manipulation of the gullible;

8) Enticing people they do not love to naively love them;

9) Skill at faking emotions, including love, sincerity and regret;

10) Doing good work and good deeds solely to advance oneself;

11) Ruthlessness and “stopping at nothing”;

12) Enjoyment of the power to coldly end close relationships;

13) “Getting” others back as a peak experience;

14) Desire for vengeance when spurned;

15) Pleasure in firing or ruining people. In the U.S., where highly profitable firms routinely cut good employees to boost stock values, there are professional terminators who roam the country cutting staff and personally firing them;

16) Abuse and literal torture of living creatures;

17) Humiliating others physically, verbally, emotionally, psychologically or sexually;

18) Denigrating one’s own child or mate;

19) Callousness; lack of empathy and compassion;

20) Shallow or no feelings for others, even mates, children and friends;

21) No ability to feel remorse or undergo inner repentance;

22) Regret solely at being caught, embarrassed or punished;

23) Incomprehension of the angry reactions of those they hurt;

24) Underestimation of their own anger;

25) No sense of responsibility for one’s actions;

26) Parasitical world view: living by scams and not hard work;

27) Contempt for those who “play by the rules”;

28) Criminal talent, energy and innovativeness;

29) Warlike courage far above the norm;

30) Playing on the sympathy of others. To this one might add—in the purely subjective, non-scientific eye of many beholders—a curious dead look in the eyes of a psychopath, and that is the chilling part. Others speak of looking into such eyes and “having a feeling that nothing is there.”

It is instructive to check this subjective hypothesis by looking at famous persons, in still photos but especially on moving film or television. Is there a warm life form expressing itself through the eyes, or is there a flat, soulless gaze, not unlike that of a large insect or reptile?,John/de_Nugent_Works/2004-2008/John_de_Nugent_200701-02_TBR;_Psychopathy&_History.html


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