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The text is considered to be a seminal work and the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the twentieth century. The basic elements of psychopathy outlined by Cleckley are still relevant today.
originally posted by: Puppytoven
a reply to: QueenofWeird
I have thought this as well for the longest time. No matter what you say or do, you're eyes will give you away every time. It's true for spotting non-humans, too. Except they are more peace or hate in terms of what you see in their eyes. The mean ones will have a look of utter disdain even when they are smiling.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: Tangerine
I can only speak to my ex spouse and the traits they displayed.
Hyper inflated sense of self-worth, superficial charm, manipulative and scheming, a habitual "last minute" person (as in I'm bored lets take a 4 hour road trip), complete lack of remorse or sense of guilt, pathological liar, continually sponging off others (living quarters, money, food, etc), highly sexualized and active, and the list goes on. Each trait alone may not, and usually doesn't, mean much. But when they all start being displayed in one person, it's usually indicative.
Yes I know that most of what I listed would take time, at least some time, to figure out but after seeing the switches thrown and the day to day lifestyle for several years, the signs were there within a month of meeting.
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originally posted by: QueenofWeird
a reply to: pl3bscheese
You guys emailing? Ask him on my behalf how he prepares his revenge plans. I want to use them against the p's. Good idea?
There are different degrees of psychopathic behavior and different types including the sexual psychopath and the work psychopath. Most studies indicate that there are no conventional methods available which cures psychopathic behavior. On the contrary, when conventional methods have been used, the psychopath becomes empowered, and reacts by improving their cunning, manipulative methods and their ability to conceal their true personality, even from trained eyes.
Since the psychopath has no real emotions, they develop their own personality throughout their life by mimicking those around them. Their inability to control inappropriate outburst of anger and hostility often results in loss of jobs, disassociation with friends and family and divorce. This in itself is filtered by the psychopath into a justification process for more aggressive behavior.
Because of their inability to gauge when their actions are being perceived as dishonest, deceitful or dangerous, they also fail to accept that there are consequences for their actions. They always maintain a belief that they can outwit those who pursue them and that they will never be caught. Once caught, they believe they will find a way back out.
A serial bully could be anyone. They are attracted to positions of authority, but not everyone in authority is a serial bully, and not every serial bully is in a position of authority. They cannot be identified by their status, but by their actions.
(This example is a male, but a bully can also be female.) He gives the impression that he must have cheated his way into his role with over-embellished or false information on his application, smooth-talking his way through the interview, because he seems to lack relevant competence for his role, substituted by an over-developed ego and sense of entitlement. Just like the old saying that you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, some regard this character as smooth and accomplished, and yet, to others he seems to be grossly incompetent and gets irritated when he doesn't get what he wants. His behaviour is is often insensitive and unintelligent, but he appears to have no idea and is equally unaware of the effect of his behaviour on others.
To some, he appears to be fuelled by anger and aggression, but he can control the outward signs much of the time and especially in front of the people he thinks he needs to impress. He vents his anger on those who do not matter to him, or on people he is actively trying to undermine. Consequently, these people are the first to see behind his facade of charisma.