Detailed Descriptions of Psychopaths
Patricia Jones, M.A.
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Both men and woman can be psychopaths, although there are more men psychopaths than women psychopaths.
•Glib and Superficial Charm: The tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally  facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or  afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have  freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in  talking, for example.
•Grandiose Self-Worth: A grossly inflated view of one's abilities and self-worth, self-assured,  opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who  believe they are superior human beings.
•Need for Stimulation or Proneness to Boredom: An excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking  chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low  self-discipline in carrying tasks through to completion because they get  bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time,  for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.
•Pathological Lying: Can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty,  cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive,  deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.
•Cunning and Manipulativeness: The use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for  personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which  exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack  of concern for the feelings and suffering of one's victims.
•Lack of Remorse or Guilt: A lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of  victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unemphatic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one's  victims.

•Shallow Affect: Emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.
•Callousness and Lack of Empathy: A lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.
•Parasitic Lifestyle: An intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial  dependence on others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low  self-discipline, and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.
•Poor Behavioral Controls: Expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression,  and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting  hastily.
•Promiscuous Sexual Behavior: A variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an  indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several  relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce  others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual  exploits or conquests.
•Early Behavior Problems: A variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft,  cheating, vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting,  glue-sniffing, alcohol use, and running away from home.
•Lack of Realistic, Long-Term Goals: an inability or persistent failure to develop and execute long-term  plans and goals; a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in  life.
•Impulsivity: The occurrence of behaviors that are unpremeditated and lack reflection  or planning; inability to resist temptation, frustrations, and urges; a  lack of deliberation without considering the consequences; foolhardy,  rash, unpredictable, erratic, and reckless.
•Irresponsibility: Repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such  as not paying bills, defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work, being  absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual agreements.
•Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Actions: A failure to accept responsibility for one's actions reflected in low  conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation,  denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through  this denial.
•Many Short-Term Marital Relationships: A lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in  inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life,  including marital.
•Juvenile Delinquency: Behavior problems between the ages of 13-18; mostly behaviors that are  crimes or clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation,  aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless tough-mindedness.
•Revocation of Condition Release: A revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical  violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation, or failing to  appear.
•Criminal Versatility: A diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has  been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away  with crimes.
•Shallow Affect: Emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.
A psychopath is one who has shallow reduced emotions, lacks feelings of empathy and sympathy, is egocentric, coldhearted, manipulative and lacks guilt. As a result, they can appear to be quite mysterious, charming and outspoken without shyness. 

Below is the most commonly used technique for assessing if one is psychopathic. 

                                            Hare's Checklist for Psychopathy
Basically when you look at this list  of characteristics there does not seem to be any redemtive qualities in a full blown psychopath. The reality and the seriousness of someone who is a psychopath can  be devastating for those who are married to or in a relationship with such a person. This is because in addition to being very manipulative and jerking you around emotionally so that you  feel like you are going crazy, they can be dangerous as well and are capable of destroying your very soul and identity.  Depending on how dangerous they are, your very life may be at stake.
If you are dealing with this type of person and need some guidance and advice as to how to relate to this person or even remove them from your life, please don't hesitate to contact me. Please follow the instructions below to contact me.
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