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Psychopaths are harder to spot in a crowd

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

Hi everybody, I am back, busy to make things happen. Bills needs to be paid , right?

Today , unlike in my first blog to this topic " Introduction To The Shitshow" I will be completely citing a text written by Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of both fiction and non-fiction. ( plus my little comments)

Most psychopaths, first of all, are not murderers. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that this truth makes psychopaths harder to spot in a crowd than you might think. (Hint: He's probably not the crazy-eyed guy in the black trench coat walking down the abandoned street.)

With all these psychopaths running around, how do you spot one? After all, the quicker you can identify a psychopath in your midst, the less likely you are to become their victim.

Fortunately, psychologists have been conducting research on psychopathic personality traits for years, and although theories vary, most researchers tend to agree that real-world psychopaths demonstrate a cluster of three personality characteristics.

This cluster is referred to as the “Dark Triad,” because people who possess the traits often exhibit malevolent behaviors (e.g., crime, ethical violations, etc.).

Here are the three personality traits often found in psychopaths:

1. Machiavellianism

People high in Machiavellianism are duplicitous, cunning, and manipulative. They place a higher priority than most on power, money, and winning. They easily disregard moral and social rules, and as a result, lie to others and manipulate them with little to no guilt. Depending on the type, these people’s tools of the trade are deception, guilt, bullying, feigned weakness, or flattery. Whichever they choose, they regularly wield these tools in an attempt to twist the emotions and behaviors of those around them.

Because such people are master manipulators, they are often charming and well-liked, at least on a superficial level. They may feign interest and compassion for a short time, but that façade wears off quickly, and it becomes clear that they only really care about themselves.

2. Lack of Conscience or Empathy

Do you know that little voice in your head that tells you to return a found wallet or treat others as you want to be treated? People high in psychopathy don’t have that voice, or if they do, its volume is turned down very low. As a result, they lack many of the social emotions that other people take for granted, including guilt, remorse, sympathy, and pity.

This hints at another quality associated with psychopathy — low impulse control. People high in psychopathy can be quick to violence and aggression;

( so if something unpredictable happens to my father in law , dear fiancé of his, saying it loud, it will be looking everything but good. Sorry, you know where your favorite lawyer ended. I doubt , that you can find somebody so good as him anymore. Plus, over the years you really dug your own hole really deep not sure if there is anybody who would help you. Oh sorry, your friend in crime. I forgot about him. Or the Filipino guy? You know the one you hired to do those things to your fiancé's son.

People high in narcissism are self-centered and have an inflated sense of their qualities and achievements. ( even achievements like, let's say removing security camera from their fiancé's house while he has no idea about it. It may feel like a big achievement to them . To me it looks like a criminal act.)

Because of their self-focus, they don’t get along well with others. They have problems sustaining healthy, satisfying relationships, so they tend to seek positions of authority where they can work over, rather than beside, colleagues. Such authority also helps, because narcissists never blame themselves for their problems. It is always someone else’s fault.

Real-world psychopaths are the perfect storm of egotism, manipulation, and a lack of conscience.

If you like to read the whole article here is the link.1 In 100 People Are Psychopaths — The 3 Personality Traits That Give Them Away (

As you see and compare what I wrote in my previous post it is practically all the same. I typed my text based strictly on my own experience; Author of this text is a creditable psychologist.

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