Psychopaths in Society

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The problem of psychopathy is a serious threat to the public, yet information about psychopaths is not common knowledge. There are warnings about the dangers of cigarettes, drunk driving, fire and even taking expired medications.

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There are all kinds of warnings from the government and other organizations about safety issues that concern the public. There are news reports when there is a danger of a severe weather event. When there is a flu virus spreading within a community, it is reported om the tv and the radio. 

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High school students are taught about the dangers of getting a sexually transmitted disease and provided with information about how to limit their risk. But they are not taught the red flags of dating a pathological person. They are not taught about abuse, and how to tell if you are in danger from your partner.

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Psychopathy is a personality disorder defined by a cluster of interpersonal, affective, lifestyle, and antisocial traits and behaviors that pose a serious problem for society. The behavioral repertoire of a psychopath includes charm, manipulation…

source – FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  – July 2012

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There is a lot of misinformation about psychopaths, and this misinformation keeps people from being able to protect themselves. The real name for the disorder of psychopathy is anti social personality disorder. It is not the same thing as being psychotic. That is a different disorder. 

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Psychopaths are not confused about right and wrong. They know what behaviors are hurtful to other people, and they understand laws and ethics. They have no empathy for their victims, but they are aware when they are hurting them in some way.

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Psychopaths understand right from wrong. They know they are subject to society’s rules, but willingly disregard them to pursue their own interests. They also are not out of touch with reality. They rarely become psychotic unless they also have a separate mental illness or use powerful drugs…

source – FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  – July 2012

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.Anti-social personality disorder (psychopathy)  is a personality disorder. This means it is an all pervasive disorder which reaches into all aspects of the person’s life. They like their disorder. so they have no desire to seek treatment, and therapy does not change their behavior. They do not desire to change.

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You cannot recognize a psychopath, unless you have studied about their tactics, characteristic and the red flags to spotting a psychopath. Even people who know about psychopaths can be manipulated by one. because they can be very charming and seductive. 

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Most people never have any idea that they are dealing with a pathological person, until it is too late. Other people work with one at their job, or have one in their family and will never realize it. This is the danger of allowing the information to stay hidden. 

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Some people never realize that they were in a relationship with a psychopath. They may realize at some point that they are in an abusive relationship, but by then they are already brainwashed and have a trauma bond with their abuser. 

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Robert Hare, the author of  Without a Conscience,  designed the Psychopathy Checklist for identifying the traits of people who have anti-social personality disorder. Anyone might seem to have one of the traits, but if someone you know has many of them, you need to be careful interacting with them. 

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The followingchart was published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  – July 2012

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Traits and Characteristics of Psychopathy

Interpersonal Affective Lifestyle Antisocial
Glib and superficial charm Lack of remorse/guilt Stimulation seeking Poor behavior controls
Grandiose sense
of self-worth
Shallow affect Impulsivity Early behavior problems
Pathological lying Callous lack of
empathy
Irresponsible Juvenile delinquency
Conning and
manipulation
Failure to accept
responsibility
Parasitic orientation Revocation of
conditional release
    Lack of realistic goals Criminal versatility
  • Please note – I realize that part of this chart is cut off. I could not fix it, but you can go to the source and view it in the full frame. 

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Psychopaths tend to target certain kinds of people for partner abuse. But they target other people when they need to use them for their own agenda. Any kind of relationship with a psychopath will end in you losing something, and possibly ending up with post traumatic stress disorder, or worse. 

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Statistics estimate that one out of twenty-five people is a psychopath. They blend in to all walks of life. Many of them survive like parasites who live off of other people. They take credit for the work of their co-workers and then throw them under bus, designing lies about them…or getting them blamed for the things the psychopath did wrong. 

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Young women are raped by psychopaths on college campuses, who lure them with their charm or drug their drinks. The campuses cover up the number of rapes on the campuses and rarely expel the offenders. 

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Psychopaths blend in on college campuses and appear to be just a regular student. A percentage of psychopaths on campuses are involved in repeated taped of the young women.

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This documentary reveals the frightening truth about the universities and their failure to report rapes to the authorities when the victims come to them for help. The victims are discouraged from reporting anything to the police and they are even accused of having encouraged their attackers. 

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The psychopaths in high positions do not want to be exposed. Many of them are in positions  control over the media and even the school system. People are made to think of psychopaths as serial killers and psychotic men who are out of control.

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The fact that psychopaths can blend in unnoticed is the way they are able to survive as predators. They will not allow the media to reveal the truth. We have to do that ourselves. To protect our children and to protect ourselves. 

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They do not deserve to walk among us unnoticed. When people can recognize a psychopath before they get entrapped by one, then they can walk away before the damage is done to them. It would reduce the number of women who end up in abusive marriages and domestic violence.

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It would keep young men and women safer on college campuses. It would keep people from ending up crushed and broken after a relationship with one of these pathological people. It would prevent the suicides of so many people who develop severe depression from being abused by a psychopath. 

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Bulletins like the FBI bulletin I gave you the link for in this post, should not just be for FBI agent training. They should be provided to the public and given to high school and college students, as well as distributed at doctor’s offices and human services agencies. 

 

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diana
    May 08, 2016 @ 01:45:17

    Excellent point! We should have warnings about this personality disorder, as well as several others. Narcissist comes to mind as another to add to the list. Similarities lie between psychopath and Narcissism. Lets not dismiss pedophiles who walk among us, much like psychopaths, hiding behind roles in society that are looked up to and are in a place of trust. Make no mistake that being in a position of trust, and showing the badges of service to the community, or strong religious attendance and commitment, or any other honorable exterior presence in society, by no means are they in fact trusted people!

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    • gentlekindness
      May 15, 2016 @ 23:03:45

      The pedophiles are narcissists and psychopaths. They are the only people that feel entitled to have sex with children…They see children as objects or appliances that they can use for their own agenda.

      Non-narcissists do not have sex with children. Only narcissists and narcissistic psychopaths.

      All narcissists are not pedophiles, but all pedophiles are narcissists.
      They do not have a normal view of other people as individuals with their own boundaries and rights.

      Thank you for bringing this up. I have not written about this topic, but I will give it some thought. It might be good for a video on youtube

      Have you watched the youtube channel?
      Thank you for following me here and taking the time to share and comment.

      Much love.
      Annie

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      • Diana
        May 16, 2016 @ 04:12:49

        Hi Annie! Agree. Important to note that not all narcissists are pedophiles but all pedophiles are narcissists and psychopaths.
        Like animal hoarders, which is also a DSM diagnosis. Animal hoarders view animals as objects of collection. Often mistaken as rescuers with compassion. NOT!
        Yes, have watched You Tube many times, but nothing on narcissist’s or psychopaths. Pinterest I have a board educating others of narcissists. Probably should put something up there on ‘animal hoarders’. 🙂
        There is a group out there somewhere working on getting ‘animal hoarders’ and convicted abusers on a list available to public, just like they do with pedophiles. Yea! Hope that spreads like wildfire and becomes standard in the near future.
        So many topics to dive into. 🙂
        Till again Annie! 🙂

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      • gentlekindness
        May 16, 2016 @ 07:21:18

      • Diana
        May 16, 2016 @ 15:28:30

        WoW! A whole library to access. Thanks Annie! Will come in handy to access during next encounter with a narcissist.

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  2. gentlekindness
    May 16, 2016 @ 03:14:22

    Reblogged this on Overcoming Narcissistic Abuse.

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  3. Red Mountain Motel
    May 16, 2016 @ 03:38:00

    I agree absolutely. I had no idea what a narcissist or a psychopath was until in desperation I started researching to find out what was happening to me. I still have to stay silent in my community because no one believes that someone so well liked as my ex could ever secretly be a monster. Perhaps if we were better informed as a society, victims wouldn’t have to hide while psychopaths are given free rein to destroy other people’s lives.

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    • gentlekindness
      May 16, 2016 @ 07:26:10

      You are right that people would not believe you. They do not understand that there are people who can act like everyone else, but are monsters behind closed doors.
      Besides the narcissist will discredit you before you even get to talk to anyone. They get to them first and play the victim…making you the crazy one…the abusive one.

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  4. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    May 16, 2016 @ 03:52:03

    Excellent post. I was just thinking about the general danger that Narcs and Sociopaths pose to the social system. People who lie and cheat undermine the credibility of our social system. A political system that is overwhelmed by psychopaths becomes the enemy of the people it’s supposed to serve.

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    • gentlekindness
      May 16, 2016 @ 07:22:55

      Yes I agree with you. Living in a society requires some basic trust of strangers, as well as people you have relationships with. Society gets corrupted when there are people manipulating everyone in order to get their own agenda met.

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