Psychopaths are a common character type used in Hollywood cinematic, yet the majority of the public doesn't know a lot about them. A very common misconception about psychopaths is that every one of them is murderer/criminal, which is not true. High functioning psychopaths can actually be useful participating members of society.

Awareness of this disorder increased in the 1930’s. Today’s psychopathic standards were compiled by Hervey Cleckley in 1941.

  • First and foremost the patient must be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Psychopaths and sociopaths are both greatly affected by this and it is the main reason a lot of the following traits show up.
  • Superficial charm
  • Immense self worth
  • Need for stimulation/ prone to boredom
  • Pathological lying
  • Manipulation
  • Lack of any guilt, remorse, or empathy
  • Shallow affect
  • A parasitic lifestyle
  • Poor behavior control
  • Lack of any realistic long term goals
  • Impassivity, and irresponsibility
  • Juvenile delinquency/early signs
  • Criminal versatility

Narcissistic personality disorder | Sociopathic disorder | Psychopathic disorder

All three disorders are in the 'Cluster B' group. Even though they exist in the same spectrum it doesn't mean they are interchangeable.

Narcissists are actually considered the most easily to diagnose of the three. Psychopaths and sociopaths must first be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, after the age of 18.


Psychopaths can’t recognize the facial queues for fear

Psychopaths crave excess dopamine

Psychopaths can have an empathy switch

Psychopaths usually receive longer prison sentances

Psychopaths usually have a poor sense of smell

Psychopaths display recognizable speech patterns

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