Have you ever come across a person who had no conscience? Or, maybe you wonder why people do things, and get away with it, then have no guilt about it. I had one of those days on Tuesday to the point where I let it get to me. Currently, I am dealing with two psychopaths, on near where I live, and another in Illinois. I’ve been trying to figure both people out for days, until I watched the clip from the SC high school where the ‘evil’ resource officer confronted a student who should be expelled, permanently. She had no conscience. She did not care what she was doing, nor how badly she was disruptive. It did not matter. She is a psychopath. Unfortunately, unless the young woman is highly functional, she will end up in prison. According to some studies, a psychopath’s brain is physically deformed, preventing that person from comprehending right from wrong.
First, there is a difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. A psychopath is born that way. A sociopath is created via a serious head injury as a child, extreme abuse, or a combination of both. One percent of the population are psychopaths. In business, 1 in 25 CEOs are psychopaths, their most common occupation. Then comes lawyer, media personality, salesperson, surgeon, journalist, police officer, clergy, chef, then civil servant. Politicians did not even make the top ten.
The text book psychopath will have a combination of the following traits. And, no, few of them are violent. They cannot be cured. They are not mentally ill. There are studies which say their brains misfire. Serial killers are almost always psychopaths but mass murderers are often not. Upward of 75% of men and women in prisons are in some degree, psychopaths. Something like 15% to 25% are full blown psychopaths, with Ted Bundy being one of the worst. So was Hitler, Napoleon, Mao, Lenin, and Stalin.
- manipulative behavior
- without conscience
- lacking empathy
- grandiose sense of self-worth
- superficial charm
- pathological lying
- failure to accept responsibility
- need for stimulation
- parasitic lifestyle
- lack of realistic long-term goals
- early behavioral problems
- juvenile deliquency
- criminal versatility
- promiscuous behavior
- many marital relationships
Unfortunately, the psychopath I’m dealing with is my neighbor. I’m terrified of him. I’ve been told he is not violent, but, if what he said about me on Tuesday is any example, he just needs to spread his lies – and people believe them.
One of the interesting things about a psychopath, is, unless they are high-functioning, they will eventually have a melt-down of epic proportions. In many ways they are fake people, pretending to have feelings and emotions when they consider themselves more like pawn brokers, like puppet-masters, playing with we their victims like we are toys. I suspect we are going to see a meltdown here, fairly soon. I think it is something to fear, and yes, I am afraid. People like this, who are poorly functioning psychopaths, and this person is, rarely come to a good end.
And – don’t expect the legal system to help.