from Cassiopaea Website
However, when charming a potential victim, they say all the "right" things and make you believe they are kind-hearted souls; not always, but often enough. The truth is, psychopaths are not altruistic and do not really care about friendships or ties.
Guggenbuhl-Craig states that they are very talented at appearing much more humble than the average person, but are hardly so. Some are also able to feign concern about the lower classes and profess that they are on the side of the underdog, the poor, and so forth.
A psychopath may claim, for instance (if he's from a low socio-economic class), that he dislikes rich people intensely, but at the same time, he will inwardly yearn and envy what they have. He is like the narcissist, desiring to reflect a false image of himself through his possessions.
Among his possessions are included human beings: girlfriends, wives, and children.
Some psychopaths can even very fond of
animals (contrary to the common viewpoint), but still view them as objects
in relation to themselves.
I knew one who liked to repeat phrases such as,
I believe that psychopathy is primarily genetic.
A son with a psychopathic
father often will be psychopathic as well, especially if the father was
abusive and/or abandoned the family as well.
They will spend their entire lives doing this, whether they are rich or poor, or whatever their social background may be, although studies have shown that they often come from an impoverished or lower socio- economic background and/or social status.
Note: In one of Dr. Donald Black's studies, many of the men were,
Let me add, despite Dr. Blacks' studies, psychopaths can still exist in any social class. Do not be misled.
I also wanted to point out that I will be using "he" and "him" for the term psychopath throughout this website; let it not be forgotten, yes, female psychopaths exist as well; however, according to the Sixth Edition of Abnormal Behavior, printed in 2000 by three male professors, David, Derald, and Stanley Sue, the rates do differ by gender.
Included in their excellent text is a report by the The American Psychiatric
Association that the general estimate is 3% for men, and less than 1% in
women [Personality Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders, 238].
Not all psychopath are uneducated low-class misfits. Some of them are quite handsome and have good careers, and use this all the more to their benefit.
Take a look at Ted Bundy; my friend's mother once went on a double-date with him and claimed he was the nicest person.
His mother said he was the,
Bundy was also apparently quite good-looking, which made him even more dangerous.
So not all psychopaths are derelict,
low-class, high school drop-outs, there are many who also work in
professional occupations; the fact remains that there are just more
psychopaths who come from impoverished backgrounds than not.
Psychopaths often appear:
Do not be misled if someone appears harmless, "foolish", or seems offbeat.
An "angelic" visage can also often fool people.
John Wayne Gacy in his "clown costume" as he entertained
children as one example. Another example which someone on the "Victims of
Psychopathy" board came up with was
and his "goofy" yet
loveable demeanor (so is Clinton really a psychopath? Many believe he is).
Everyone thought he was very funny. I did too, at first. Then, little by little, I realized there was something "not right" about him. At first his seemingly harmless pranks were charming, but after a while, he became more of a nuisance and disrupted our work environment, which created havoc and tension between employees. I've learned, a psychopath can use these disguises for his own hidden purpose.
Regardless of race, social class, or occupation, however, the psychopath is dangerous to society, for,
There is much to the psychopathic personality which is baffling and disturbing.
1 in about 25-30 people are psychopathic (also known as sociopaths or anti-social - the correct title being psychopath.) Since the majority or them are men, I wrote this site in part, to warn women about the dangers, especially women online, which I believe is a favorite "new medium" which appeals to psychopaths.
I have personal experience with this subject as well.
This is because,
Pamela Jayne, M.A., writes that,
If about every three out of ten men I may meet are psychopathic, I would assume this is not something to take lightly.
According to these statistics, that would mean every three out of ten men and maybe every one out of ten females. The truth is, we do not really know exactly how many individuals are psychopathic; however, there seems to be a rise in the prevalence of psychopathy and that is why some claim that numbers are higher.
Dr. Black claims that psychopathy leads right
behind depression, along with schizophrenia and borderline personality
disorder, which is an astounding fact.