The hope is that as one grows older, we mature, adjusting to our human condition. One theory is we’re all born with a clean slate, with no residue or karma. We write on this slate with chalk early in life, so our destiny can be easily rewritten or modified. It’s thought our personalities, won’t become etched in stone until we’re 30.
Then there are those who suggests that the early signs of psychopathic behavior, can be revealed in children as young as two years old. That there are reveals of a psychopath at this early age, such as bullying siblings or other children, abusing pets, or engaging in minor petty thievery.
There’s the nice cool calm surface, appearing to be a nice person, but what’s lurking beneath the exterior is anger, deceit, as the knives are kept in the drawer.
What’s given glimpses however, are their dark side, as they’re dishonest with themselves first. Their subtle charm seduces your weaknesses, as you’re reluctant to think this person, as anything but sane.
The Psychopaths Among Us
Not all psychopaths are serial killers. What they do is blend it into their personality. So if an individual is passive aggressive, then that’s how they’ll react to spew their venom.
The standard clinical definition of a psychopath, is one who commits acts which harm others, ranging from emotional to physical abuse, while showing no remorse.
They’re incapable of displaying any type of empathy once challenged, while engaging in impulsive behaviors, manipulating others to get their way.
What they do is hide their pain well. They could of been victims of bullying or abuse themselves, and has a silent agenda to seek revenge on those who harmed them.
They could be sitting right beside you having lunch, they could be at their desk committing white collar crime, or could be pointing a gun at a bank tellers head.
Degrees Of Psychopathic Behavior
Hollywood and the media as usual will paint excessive profiles, such as all psychopaths being stone cold murderers. But the spectrum is wide, they come from all walks of life, and will express their wrath differently.
One common psychopathic trait, is they having an antisocial personality disorder, which stems from a variety of genetic along with environmental factors.
As a result, they’re always not that easy to spot, they’re often likable, this however only initially. Over time, their true identity reveals themselves.
Most are usually well-liked. They’ll come across as delightful personable people, who’s great at making conversation, as they’re refined at small talk.
Their seemingly easy personality draws people towards them. At times, they’re great listeners while having interesting yarns to tell.
What their engaging persona and stories does, is portrays them in a favorable believable light. Most will walk away from having conversations with a psychopath, feeling good.
Shows No Remorse
Eventually their dark crazy side begins to reveal itself. An initial trait can be an absolute lack of guilt, which is a common red flag, signaling egotistical behavior. What they’re not capable of, is feeling any type of remorse or empathy.
They won’t accept responsibility, this for hurting the feelings of others, especially towards those who cares or loves them. What they’ll do instead is blame everyone else, while denying that they’re at fault.
What a psychopath may claim is their target deserves to be treated poorly. Or they’ll just shrug it off, ignore or clam up, once they’ve offended someone, this by saying, “They’re too sensitive,” or “He can’t take a joke.”
They Can Become Arrogant
They’re usually nice and pleasant to converse with. But once you cross the line, flick the switch is when their insanity reveals itself. What psychopaths have is an inflated sense of importance, with a grand narcissistic ego.
Similar to narcissists, what they think is that all the usual rules don’t apply to them, all while consciously knowing that they’re doing wrong.
What they have are grandiose ideas about who they are, their perceived importance. They believe they deserve accolades, that they’re always right, and convinced that they’re the best at whatever they do.
Can Be Risk Takers
What fully blown psychopaths has is no conscience or regret, have little regard for safety, this especially when it comes to others. The passive ones will steal, cheat, and lie to themselves, while the aggressive will do the same to others.
This behavior either way, can become extremely toxic. Not all psychopaths will engage in illegal activity, but those who do, will plan their crimes in advance, taking a crafty calculated approach.
Their misconduct, either internally or externally, is usually well-organized, and they’ll leave a few clues behind.
The intelligent psychopaths can become slick con artists, while the passive dull ones just emotionally hurt others, while being in denial.
They Are Expert Manipulators
What they don’t do is experience any type of empathy toward others, which could be their parents, friends, or spouse. What they’re capable of doing however, is reading and mimicking the emotions of others.
They’ll often come across is being sincere, this until they’re exposed. As a result, those who needs to deal with psychopaths, are on full alert.
This could be their loved ones, who often have no idea how the psychopath will react in certain situations, or those who crosses them.
What psychopaths are refined at, is reading and then manipulating the emotions of others, this especially in the short term, this until they’re exposed. Then they’ll either move on, or get upset.
They’ll flatter people in a subtle pleasing manner, being able to persuade them in small talk, coming across as being personable. They’re capable of gaining trust to furnish their needs, then they’ll either clam up or pounce.