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Psychopath is a term casually thrown around, but it actually has a pretty strict definition.

To be classified as a psychopath you must meet a certain set of criteria as defined by the Hare Psychopathy Checklist.

There are 20 traits associated and evaluated to determine a PCL-R score.

  • glib and superficial charm
  • grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
  • need for stimulation
  • pathological lying
  • cunning and manipulativeness
  • lack of remorse or guilt
  • shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
  • callousness and lack of empathy
  • parasitic lifestyle
  • poor behavioural controls
  • sexual promiscuity
  • early behaviour problems
  • lack of realistic long-term goals
  • impulsivity
  • irresponsibility
  • failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  • many short-term marital relationships
  • juvenile delinquency
  • revocation of conditional release
  • criminal versatility

So here are a few indicators to look for:

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