6 Key Traits to Spot a Psychopath

· November 2, 2016
Although it may seem like they are like us and capable of empathy, a psychopath will always act out in their own self interests without caring for a second about anyone else.

You’ve probably heard it in the news more than once, how a totally normal person committed a crime that no one would have ever thought them capable.

Being a psychopath doesn’t mean appearing different from others. A psychopath is the type of person that most people would describe as pleasant, really charismatic and even a good person. At least this is how it seems.

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All this kindness can suddenly disappear, because a psychopath does not feel emotions like you do. So they fake them in order to better manipulate you.

A psychopath will manipulate others in order to get everything they want. Unable to feel remorse, sadness or any other natural emotion, they’re able to use others without restraint. This is why it’s so important to learn how to spot them.

1. They’re pathological liars


Everyone lies. But when a psychopath lies, it’s not a little white lie or even one that is justifiable. A psychopath will tell one lie after another.

A psychopath lies constantly in order to manipulate and use the people around them. Sometimes, they will also lie with the end goal of causing harm.

While psychopaths have goals like everyone else, they do not go about getting them in a “good way.”

2. They’re irresponsible

Can you imagine what it would be like not to have any emotional ties to anyone or anything? Psychopaths do not feel obligated to make good on their promises at work or home, so they never end up doing anything they say they’re going to.

Normally, a psychopath will constantly change jobs or move to a new place for this reason. They never feel attached to a place, not even a house.

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This also applies to people as they suddenly end friendships all the time, doing harm and abandoning those that once trusted them.

3. They lure you in with fake charm


Psychopaths put on their best face in front of other people, hiding their true intentions. In reality, they trust no one but themselves.

But, on the other hand, they give off the appearance of someone you can trust and tell all your secrets.

What you don’t realize is that this openness is like falling straight into the mouth of the beast. The more you trust in them, the more vulnerable you are. Their false charm lures you in.

4. A troubled past

Right now, the psychopath might seem perfectly normal, but if you look into their past, you might find a truly revealing history.

Even if they were involved in even minor altercations, the fact that they were often involved in them is worth looking further into their past.

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This is because, although it may not appear so, they do not accept society’s rules and often have no respect for human rights.

5. They manipulate and depend on others


Psychopaths manipulate others to meet their own needs. However, they know that not all people can be manipulated, so they often surround themselves with people who are more submissive.

To a psychopath, a person is not a human being, but an object for them to use to get what they want.

Most importantly, a psychopath will always try to live off of others. They believe others only exist to serve them, that others are the ones who must work and struggle to get by.

6. They’re not empathetic

Unable to feel any emotions like sadness, anxiety or anything else, they’re unable to put themselves in another person’s shoes.

They may seem like they understand because that’s part of their false charisma they use to earn your trust. But, in reality, they have no idea how you feel.

This gives them an advantage over you. They never feel shame, guilt or any emotion that would prevent normal people from doing what they do.

They don’t feel bad for others either: a psychopath will always think only of themselves.


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It’s important to remember that the percentage of psychopaths in the general population is not very high, so very rarely do we end up in their sights.

Despite this fact, it’s never a good day when you have to deal with one of them. It’s so important to recognize the signs.

Have you ever known someone with these traits?