To understand the term psychopath is almost essential to know what is psychopathy, as is logical. Psychopathy can be defined as a set of personality traits (with psychological, biological and genetic basis) and socially deviant behavior. The concept is based on three levels: affective, interpersonal and behavioral:
On the emotional level is characterized by experiencing labile and superficial emotions, lack of empathy, anxiety and feelings of guilt or remorse. Moreover, they are unable to establish lasting bonds with people and even people principles or objectives.
In interpersonal settings are arrogant, egocentric, manipulative, domineering and energetic people.
Finally, at the behavioral level irresponsible and impulsive, sensation seekers is. It is common that transgress the rules and have an unstable social life with parasitic behavior and with little planning. They are aggressive people but from the more instrumental and predatory side as the target achievement and satisfaction of their own needs.
But what happens when a person with these features are integrated into society?
The almost psychopath.
The term nearly psycho was coined by Dr. Ronald Schouten, a professor of psychiatry at the Medical School of Harvard University. Schouten refers to the term almost psychopathic in his book Almost a psychopath Psychopath to name the integrated and undiagnosed.
A normal quality in humans is the manipulation and lies, everyone “tricks” a lesser or greater extent, either to get a job or a discount in a store. This is relatively normal, but the problem comes when it becomes the normal way of life, a constant, and this is what the almost psychopaths. The nearly psychopaths used to be manipulative wiles throughout his whole life, in different aspects and potential harm to others.
The nearly psychopaths feel they are doing well, people you feel special and extraordinary beings able to accomplish anything in life. Lacking sincerity, but with a large surface charm masters of the world are created with an extraordinary mind. They are not criminals or murderers because they do not cause physical damage. However, the emotional impact on victims can be even worse. Its impact on society is toxic to everything around him.
For almost psychopathic other human beings are nothing more than objects used for their own interests. Experts in the field estimate that 1% of the world population have certain psychopathic traits.
It’s hard to come across one of them. If it happens and it affects you, the first recommendation is to ask for help and not tell someone you trust and not worry about the situation one given the great emotional impact.
The nearly psychopaths usually successful people in life which is very difficult to change their behavior despite the emotional victims who are leaving behind. It is their way of life. Is the famous case of Bernard Madoff detailed below.
The Belfort and Madoff cases.
Surely everyone has seen the hit movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street. Well, DiCaprio plays a psychopath almost book. This film was based on the true story of Jordan R. Belfort. Similar to this was the famous case of Bernard Madoff, another psychopath suit and tie. This New Yorker born in 1938, was a banker and financial advisor with great fame philanthropist founded in 1960 one of the largest investment firms on Wall Street. Madoff cheated big banks, investors, foundations and charitable organizations. These facts led to a sentence of 150 years in prison for performing one of the biggest frauds in history, estimated at more than 50,000 million dollars, why he meets in prison sentence.
If anyone saw the movie DiCaprio, which I recommend, you will see the great power of manipulation of this man unlimited. Another recommended film is similar facts Boiler Room, starring Ben Affleck.
In fact, in a recent interview, Madoff states that are not yet feel regret or damage to defrauded, his victims did not care or will continue to matter, they were just customers. According states to prison he was a liberation. Typical features of an almost psychopath who did not control their greed to greatly exceed the limits of legality to expand its power.
The competition between antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy is a lethal combination in creating a criminal mind.
Criteria psychopathic personality.
Many authors specifying the criteria psychopathic personality. We present the 16 proposed by Hervey Cleckley:
- Considerable external charm and intelligence above the average.
- Absence of anxiety or other neurotic symptoms: are balanced, calmly and verbal facility.
- Absence of hallucinations or other signs of irrational thinking.
- Unreliability, neglect of duties, no sense of responsibility in matters of little and of great importance.
- Falsehood and insincerity.
- Lack of shame or remorse.
- Antisocial behavior which is inadequately motivated and poorly planned, deriving from an inexplicable impulsiveness.
- Inability to learn from experience, poor judgment.
- Pathological egocentricity, inability to love.
- general poverty of deep and lasting emotions.
- Lack of empathy. Lack of insight, inability to see himself from the point of view of others.
- Ingratitude to any special consideration, kindness and trust.
- fantastic and disreputable behavior after drinking and sometimes when you do not drink: vulgarity, rudeness, sudden changes of mood, jokes.
- Suicide threats rarely carried I just.
- impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated sexual life.
- Failure to follow a life plan in an orderly manner.
So you know, if you are around someone with these characteristics, can be toxic to you. Talk to someone and do not let yourself also manipulates you.