16 Ways to Recognize a Psychopath

The words insane, crazy, and psycho are thrown around a whole heck of a lot these days. So much so that it’s easy to forget their medical definitions. Today, we’re zeroing in on your friendly neighbourhood psychopath.

By definition, a psychopath is a “person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.” It’s a personality disorder that can dramatically impact an individual’s inhibitions, as well as their ability to empathize and connect with others.

“Fine,” you might say. “I can spot a psychopath a mile away.” Not true. You see, psychopathy can presents itself in subtle ways: a white lie here or an erratic outburst there. Thankfully, here at Healthversed, we’ve detailed a comprehensive list of tell-tale signs to keep you protected from the unpredictable world of psychopaths.

Early Behavioural Problems

Unless you’re reading this article to figure out if your neighbor’s kid is dangerous, it’s safe to say that your psychopath is all grown up. But psychopathy truly is a lifelong struggle that begins in ones formative years. This doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone with a troubled childhood is a psychopath, but many of the traits that you’ll read about over the following few pages often manifest themselves early in a child’s development. Run-ins with the law, behavioral problems, and even bad grades can be early red flags.

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Lack of Empathy

Empathizing with the emotions of those close to you is what makes you human. It really is the foundation of community. So, it’s safe to say that a world full of psychopaths would look very, very different. That’s because psychopaths display either an unwillingness or an inability to identify with the needs of others. They’re unable to perceive your anguish, or they simply don’t care. Either way, don’t expect a psychopath to offer up a shoulder for you to cry on.

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Animal Instincts

Psychopaths are primarily driven by their animal instincts. We all need food, water, and, to a lesser extent, sex to maintain a well-balanced, healthy life. But for a psychopath, these basic biological needs override their social desire for community, compassion, and empathy. How does that play out in the real world? Think the office lunch stealer … or the friend who always eats the last slice of pizza.

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