Are you a psychopath?
When you think of psychopaths, who do you think of?
Ted Bundy, Hannibal Lecter (movie), Dexter (tv show)?
But, according to MSN’s online article, “7 facts about psychopaths you didn’t know before,” psychopaths are people who possess “a lack of empathy and feeling for others, selfishness, lack of guilt, and a superficial charm that manifests exclusively to manipulate others”.
A few TV characters come to mind: Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon, on the Big Bang Theory; Martin Clunes’ character on public TV, Martin Ellingham, on Doc Martin; David Mann’s character, Mr. Brown on Meet the Browns; Tony Shaloub’s character, Adrian Monk, on Monk; Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, Sherlock Holmes, on Sherlock; Jamie Doran’s character, Christian Grey, in the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, etc.
“Psychopathy is not a psychiatric diagnosis—not a recognized psychiatric or psychological disorder.”
“Psychopathy is dimensional in nature—spectrum between minor, moderate and severe.”
“Psychopaths and sociopaths are not the same. The difference lies in having a conscience which a psychopath does not have, but does have the ability to blend in.”
“Psychopaths aren’t always violent. Most rely on their nature and ability to charm for other things like the business world.”
“…But they are overrepresented in prison. 50 to 80 percent of prisoners meet criteria for antisocial personality disorder.”
“Female and male psychopaths may be very different. Females may express their psychopathy through behaviors that are often mistaken for other mental illnesses”.
“The Amygdala may play a significant role in psychopathic tendencies. Associated with emotional reactions, decision-making, and fear…having reduced integrity or function.”
Excerpts submitted by Rosa Griffin