Sociopath Category

Female Sociopaths

Female Sociopaths “Her regular tantrums involve swearing, shouting, intimidation and threatens. She will wear people down until, for a quieter life, they agree with her. Interestingly, what she threatens to inflict on others is what she would find most damaging and hurtful to herself. Equally interestingly, she feels criticism and humiliation intensely, even if none […]

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“Without Conscience” Robert Hare’s Web Site devoted to the study of Psychopathy

Michael McCaul says 1 in 100 people is a sociopath. From Politifact Texas by W. Gardner Selby, March 2018. Now Available! the Hare Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (SRP-4); Published by Multi-Health Systems. Robert Hare was named to the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and contribution to society, and […]

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The Psychopaths stare

The Psychopaths stare is very effective during the luring and “honeymoon” phases. Women often mistake it as “being sexy” and for “Sexual Attraction” eye gazing occurs in copious amounts during the “Luring and honeymoon stage” at the beginning of the relationship. Robert Hare refers to the Psychopath’s gaze as “Intense eye contact and piercing eyes” […]

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Can You Make a Sociopath—Either Through Brain Injury or Other Types of Trauma?

If we take Watson’s logic one step further, it may be possible to mold someone into a psychopath. Psychopathy, also called sociopathy, is defined by a lack of empathy, deceitfulness and complete selfishness. Current thinking is that although certain genes may predispose people toward psychopathy, their environment seems to provide the ultimate catalyst. Thus, a […]

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The Lucifer Effect

There are seven social processes that grease “the slippery slope of evil”:[19] Mindlessly taking the first small step Dehumanization of others De-individuation of self (anonymity) Diffusion of personal responsibility Blind obedience to authority Uncritical conformity to group norms Passive tolerance of evil through inaction or indifference

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Non-Verbal Clues

Those who have engaged with psychopaths or narcissists often retroactively report having had an initial feeling that something was off, but they did not heed it. Some actually said that they felt queasy or sensed a coldness in the individual, but brushed it aside because they wanted to like the person or were flattered by his attention. […]

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Asks no personal questions or asks very pointed questions.

  You may walk out of a social encounter or a date and realize you have not been asked one single question about yourself, despite having learned a ton about the individual (see above). Pay attention to the degree of informational asymmetry: Does he disclose an enormous amount without asking or expecting you to reciprocate? What’s […]

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Repeats “confidential” information that he’s already shared with you.

The stories about the wife who took his fortune or the top-secret government contract may be repeated verbatim or near verbatim from one encounter to the next. Sure, we all have our pet narratives and canned stories that engender eye rolls amongst those who have heard them multiple times. So pay close attention to the nature of […]

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5 Things Psychopaths and Narcissists Will Do in Conversation

Individuals with psychopathic or narcissistic traits* frequently use false personas to interact with others, sometimes tailoring their masks so that they appear to share the interests of their targets. From small talk to bombastic speeches, any spotlight presents the opportunity to craft a mask, and to test, dominate, or even malign unwitting interlocutors. Fortunately, there are conversational clues to such extreme […]

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Psychopathic Traits Are Associated With Reduced Fixations to the Eye Region of Fearful Faces

Impairments in processing fearful faces have been documented in both children and adults with psychopathic traits, suggesting a potential mechanism by which psychopathic individuals develop callous and manipulative interpersonal and affective traits. Recently, research has demonstrated that psychopathic traits are associated with reduced fixations to the eye regions of faces in samples of children and […]

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