Somebody with an antisocial personality disorder whose character traits include at least fifteen of these twenty:
1. Glib, shallow charm
2. Grandiose sense of self-worth
3. Pathological lying
5. Lack of remorse for their actions
6. Emotionally shallow/ lack of affect
7. Callous/lack of empathy
8. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
(Socially deviant lifestyle)
9. Need for stimulation/prone to boredom
10. Parasitic lifestyle
11. Poor behavioral control
12. Sexually promiscuous
13. Lack of realistic, long-term goals
16. Juvenile delinquency
17. Early behavioral problems
18. Revocation of conditional release
19. Many short-term marital relationships
20. Criminal versatility
In short, a wolf in sheep's clothing, a predator in disguise. Psychopaths are generally thought of as serial killers, but most are not even criminals; necktie psychopaths wreak havoc in the office, ruthlessly manipulating and charming their way to the top.
Psychopaths are obsessively meticulous, are calm and fearless, and are able to lead a double life in which family and friends see one person... and other people see a very different side. Immoral, perverse, and criminal, they know right from wrong but they get a thrill out of defying the law and moral codes.
Similar to a sociopath, except that psychopaths are born while sociopaths are generally made and they seem to be two sides of the same coin; psychopaths are temperamentally devil may care, are cool and self-controlled, and cannot internalize social norms; sociopaths have relatively normal temperaments, are more easily agitated, and their problems are generally the result of environmental and social factors (unstable childhoods, the wrong crowd, extreme high or low intellect, etc); psychopaths are obsessively meticulous while sociopaths are more sloppy and erratic; psychopaths feel nothing for others while sociopaths can feel empathy in particular contexts; psychopaths are able to fool people for years while sociopaths are more easily exposed. Both will get what they want, regardless of who stands in their way.
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