Psychopath “diagnostic criteria”

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Came across this today. Psychopath “diagnostic criteria”. These are all direct quotes.

  1. Psychopaths show a disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others.
  2. They fail to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviours.
  3. They are always deceitful…. They are nasty, aggressive con artists.
  4. They are massively impulsive and fail to plan ahead.
  5. They show irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights and assaults.
  6. They manifest a reckless disregard for the physical and psychological safety of others.
  7. They are consistently irresponsible. Repeated failure to sustain consistent work behaviour… are their hallmark.
  8. They show lack of remorse. They are indifferent to, or rationalize, having hurt, mistreated or stolen from another…. It can seem that labelling them as anti-social is a serious understatement.

From Furnham, Adrian. 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know. London: Quercus Publishing, p. 25. The heading of the chapter is “Seem Sane”. This is the statement at the start of the discussion:

“Psychopaths are without conscience and incapable of empathy, guilt or loyalty to anyone but themselves.”

Anyway, I just thought I would mention it.

SOME FURTHER RESEARCH: I have gone on Dr Google and found first this:

Even though it’s commonly used to describe someone who has a mental illness, psychopath is not an official diagnosis. The true definition of a psychopath in psychiatry is antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).

So I went and looked up ASPD and found this.

Antisocial personality disorder signs and symptoms may include:

  • Disregard for right and wrong
  • Persistent lying or deceit to exploit others
  • Being callous, cynical and disrespectful of others
  • Using charm or wit to manipulate others for personal gain or personal pleasure
  • Arrogance, a sense of superiority and being extremely opinionated
  • Recurring problems with the law, including criminal behavior
  • Repeatedly violating the rights of others through intimidation and dishonesty
  • Impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead
  • Hostility, significant irritability, agitation, aggression or violence
  • Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others
  • Unnecessary risk-taking or dangerous behavior with no regard for the safety of self or others
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Failure to consider the negative consequences of behavior or learn from them
  • Being consistently irresponsible and repeatedly failing to fulfill work or financial obligations.

Obviously requires specialist training to identify ASPD or to know how to deal with it. This list looks pretty well the same as the one above.

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47 Responses to Psychopath “diagnostic criteria”

  1. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Oh come on Steve ,not all socialists are like that , only 97.99 per cent fit those parameters .
    Really those Symptoms are actually evident in the US democrim party , add bribe taking and cupidityand you have them in a nutshell .

  2. Mike (MJB Wolf) says:

    Pretty clever using the description of Progressive activists to illustrate psychopathy all around us.

  3. Leigh Lowe says:

    9. Become Premier of Victoria and fall down stairs pissed as a newt at Chateau Reynard.

  4. 3d1k says:

    I feel but a step or two away.

  5. Rex Mango says:

    10. Become Prime Minister by knifing a sitting Prime Minister, all based upon notions of yourself being preordained to rule.

  6. Adrien says:

    Um this list of criteria is a bit inaccurate. Things missing for example projection: pointing fingers at those who know y’er a psychopath and accusing them of doing what you do. 🙂

    Desribes 99.79 of commentos here. Go Donald Trump!!!

    Wall. bullets! You deserve it. But I’m much to humane to actually do it.And ye know it, that’s what yer counting on cause yer, like, psychopaths!! Get back to eating each other. 🙂

  7. Albatross says:

    Adrien says:
    April 7, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Great comment dumbass.

  8. min says:

    Robert Hare’s psychopath Checklist is widely used and even if sociopaths have similar characteristics , I reckon sociopaths have more social skills . One of our recent PMs would have scored highly .
    Hare who used to examine them in prison but when he looked outside found a lot in business in America. Specially during GFC .

  9. Adrien says:

    Wow! What amazing rebuttal! I concede I mean how can I argue against your sagacious catalog of irrefutable arguments? What invincible rhetoric! Oh wait I know:

    Dickhead 🙂

  10. Damon says:

    “I just thought I would mention it”
    Why?

  11. win says:

    The use of political projection mentioned by Adrien, ignored by the media but obvious to every one else ,and to use their own weapon by their silence they are in on it Psychopaths unite.

  12. Ed Case says:

    Cleckley wrote the definitive book on Psychopathy, Mask Of Sanity.
    Read it for free as a pdf.

  13. Ed Case says:

    ***10. Become Prime Minister by knifing a sitting Prime Minister, all based upon notions of yourself being preordained to rule.***
    Abbott was leading them off a cliff, Campbell Newman style, and Turnbull was the only one with a high enough public profile to take him on and win the 2016 election.
    It worked.

  14. egg_ says:

    Robert Hare’s psychopath Checklist

    Yup, run it by Grigs and the trolls.

  15. egg_ says:

    Mask Of Sanity

    Is it made of human skin, Grigs?

  16. egg_ says:

    You deserve it.

    A Narcissist’s Prayer

    That didn’t happen.

    And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.

    And if it was, that’s not a big deal.

    And if it is, that’s not my fault.

    And if it was, I didn’t mean it.

    And if I did…

    You deserved it.

  17. win says:

    Add to the list the visceral hate for conservative politicians who out perform the Socialist.

  18. Albatross says:

    Adrien says:
    April 7, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Absolutely seething. Right over target.

  19. PB says:

    Black America defined in one list.

  20. Boxcar says:

    ASPD sounds and looks like a standard checklist for the underlying human condition, the sort of tool psychologists would use to convince potential customers they have a problem.

  21. min says:

    Some of the characteristics listed overlap with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and I thought that the anti social behaviour disorder was the diagnosis for children who were nasty little sh ## ts who pulled wings off butterflies , tortured dogs and broke the law . There was a film with a title like We have to talk about Kevin that depicted this . Nicole Kidman also started in a film about a female sociopath and she had Robert Hare coach her in how to act like one.

  22. stackja says:

    Liberty Quote
    Of course, if enough welfare junkies band together behind their inalienable right to be spoon-fed by the rest of the country they can become a political force.
    — Anson Cameron

  23. bollux says:

    Hey Headcase, if “leading them off a cliff’ means offending all the bludgers and snowflakes who are allowed to vote in our dying system, I say more power to them. We are now outnumbered by the Barbarians and will never see true Democracy again, if we ever did.

  24. Shy Ted says:

    Au contraire. This is Adult Antisocial Behaviour in a gang where the gang mentality emboldens the individual to behave in ways they ordinarily wouldn’t. As individuals almost none of the BLM, Antifa, XR, ABC, would behave as they do in the gang. One of the criteria for ASPD is “failure to learn from experience”. These (mostly) weaklings don’t turn up for the next riot once they’ve had a smack in the gob.
    However PB at 7.30 is right. Individually and in a group. Australia is very special, to diagnose someone as a psychopath you have to take the training and be accredited whereas any old psychiatrist can diagnose ASPD. Those who have done the training are some of the most gullible people you’ll ever meet. Perfect for a job on the parole board.
    In days gone by the definition was “(A) persistent disorder or disability of mind (whether or not including subnormality of intelligence) which results in abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct on the part of the patient, and requires or is susceptible to medical treatment.”
    Interestingly an alternative styling of Aspergers Syndrome in DSM3 onwards is autistic psychopath.
    A bit of earned painful discipline in childhood and youth is a good thing.

  25. Tel says:

    Kevin Rudd showed ability to plan ahead, and his work behaviour was quite consistent. I feel that needs to be pointed out.

  26. Tom says:

    Great post, Steve. Most of the activist left (including the trolls, who are all over this thread) are actual psychopaths who are just itching to punch people they disagree with in the street. Meantime online, they are passive-aggressive cowards.

    They are all wannabe antifa thugs.

  27. Shane says:

    Its amusing how almost everyone has defaulted to this being about our politicans.
    You have to admit the pharmaceutical industry runs a close second if you lump it with all of those james bond global villains like Bill Gates whose gaslighting of their own past actions would amusing if it wasnt all so terrifying in its consequences.

  28. Petros says:

    The psychiatry bible is DSM. I think it’s up to version 5 now.

  29. Roger says:

    Kevin Rudd showed ability to plan ahead…

    “Antisocial personality disorder signs and symptoms may include…”

  30. Eddystone says:

    I work as a paramedic, in the front line so to speak when dealing with “mental health” patients.

    Ten to fifteen years ago I began noticing an increase in badly behaved children, loud, rude, aggressive and self absorbed. Often we were called by the parents because the child was emotionally out of control.

    Today we are seeing that generation as young adults, IMO.

    God help us when they start having children!

  31. Baa Humbug says:

    Unless psychopathy is a social construct (as opposed to a born with disease) I don’t think the people in that photo are psychopaths.
    I think they are Flies*. A result of ending corporal punishment, both from parents and teachers, and ending peer bullying coupled with rewarding failure.

    * As in Lord Of The Flies. We are seeing the novel play out before our eyes.

  32. min says:

    Narcissism on the increase in younger demographics according to world research . Kids brought up without having to suffer the consequences of poor behaviour ., helicopter parents with low frustration tolerance who give in to kids demands and want to be best friends not adult parents. These kids rely on approval from others to feel good about themselves and operate off self esteem model so peer group pressure to go along with today’s cancel culture, dividing victim groups etc all out of the Marxist / socialist handbook .

  33. Frank says:

    Unless psychopathy is a social construct

    I think it was psychopathy in ingrained while sociopathy is learned. But it is an interesting question, one that leads to asking the question “which cultures are more likely to churn out psychopaths”. More research needed obviously but probably not going to get funded anytime soon as the possibility of problematic results would be too high.

    Rudd was meant to be a malignant narcissist I think.

  34. min says:

    There was some research that showed that psychopaths / sociopaths have smaller amygdala than normal . They are the almond shaped clusters near the bottom of limbic ring ,connected to emotions.( Le Doux). Not sure but that may have been Robert Hare’s research when working in prisons .

  35. min says:

    Moreover, amygdala probably connected to lack of empathy such as in in those who commit crimes such as rape , child molestors and many perpetrators of family violence. . So what does that say about empathy training .? Years ago I attended a workshop with world expert on deviant behaviour , Joseph Lo piccolo. He had done a lot of work with these criminals in prison back when mandatory reporting was in many of the states in USA . Unless things have changed they did not find a successful method of teaching empathy to these individuals .

  36. Bruce says:

    @Boxcar:

    APSD looks a lot like what in the USA is referred to as “gaslighting”; manipulating someone so that they think they are going mad. From the plot of the film, “Gaslight”, apparently.

    And unlike the protocols with prisons and actual hospitals, once some poor bugger is behind the fence in a “mental” institution”, there is little chance the will be released in an improved state, let alone “cured”. Like the “Hotel California”, “you can check out any time, but you can never leave”.

    Funny how that works.

  37. Frank says:

    Unless things have changed they did not find a successful method of teaching empathy to these individuals.

    I heard that it teaches them better and more successful methods for engaging is psychopathic past-times. People that diddle kids don’t respond to treatment either.

  38. min says:

    Exactly they do not respond to rehabilitation , very high rates of recidivism you can’t train empathy into anyone especially if related to amygdala.

  39. luke73 says:

    Ted Bundy is still by far the purest example of a psychopath I have read about.

    He ticked literally every box, “the coldest son of a bitch you will ever meet”.

  40. The Sheriff says:

    Ed Case says:
    April 8, 2021 at 6:04 am
    ***10. Become Prime Minister by knifing a sitting Prime Minister, all based upon notions of yourself being preordained to rule.***
    Abbott was leading them off a cliff, Campbell Newman style, and Turnbull was the only one with a high enough public profile to take him on and win the 2016 election.
    It worked.

    Rubbish. Abbott would have been easily re-elected, as proven by the result in the Canning byelection won by Hastie. Turdball challenged by spreading the baseless theory that the Coalition were going to lose.

  41. MACK says:

    ” The Mind of a Dictator” – Exploring the minds of psychopaths and dictators.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/the-psychopath-inside/201111/the-mind-dictator

  42. Jannie says:

    In my experience the most descriptive condition of a psychopath is the inability to empathise with other people’s concerns or fears. The inability to put themselves in other people’s shoes, and take pleasure in seeing other people in distress. It actually describes the average troll, both here and elsewhere.

  43. Frank says:

    It actually describes the average troll, both here and elsewhere.

    Anal sadistic personality traits.

  44. Tim Neilson says:

    Adrien says:
    April 7, 2021 at 11:40 pm
    Um this list of criteria is a bit inaccurate. Things missing for example projection: pointing fingers at those who know y’er a psychopath and accusing them of doing what you do. 🙂

    Desribes 99.79 of commentos here. Go Donald Trump!!!

    Wall. bullets! You deserve it. But I’m much to humane to actually do it.And ye know it, that’s what yer counting on cause yer, like, psychopaths!! Get back to eating each other. 🙂

    ….

    Adrien says:
    April 7, 2021 at 11:51 pm
    Wow! What amazing rebuttal! I concede I mean how can I argue against your sagacious catalog of irrefutable arguments? What invincible rhetoric! Oh wait I know:

    Dickhead 🙂

    Is “lack of self awareness” a telltale sign?

  45. Adrien says:

    Is “lack of self awareness” a telltale sign?

    OMG Gee y’all got no idea how stoopid y’really are. Neither do the experts. But THEY are impressed by you! They’s a gunna study y’all gee! They’s sayin’ well we thought we knoo how stoopid wnet but now’s like the geologists of the Enlightenment we’s a realizin’ that sttoopif goes way further back….

    Less jus’ hope it ain’t goin/ much deep than Nim Teelson. ‘Cause that s some serious stoopid.

  46. Adrien says:

    Na d g’won Tim (if you can take a break from the corn on the cob eatin’ contes’) n’ te;; me how to spell shit right n’ grammar n’ shit’. But don’t lemme git’n’ the way o’ yer date with yer sister. Er yer sister’s date! Whatever!

  47. Rex Anger says:

    Spack off, troll.

    You flamed out trying to irritate us all last November, and you’re failing even faster now you’ve nothing to animate yourself with.

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