How to spot a psychopath

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By Dr Vernon Coleman

Psychopaths are exceptionally selfish, constant liars, manipulative, callous, grandiose and parasitic.

Psychopaths bully, they are never anxious, and they may be superficially likeable. (That’s how they got elected). They seem strong, calm and confident, but they lack personal insight. They never show remorse.

Psychopaths are ruthless, manipulative and permanently dishonest. They are charming but they are remorseless in their dealings with others; they do things which normal people would regard as terrible. But they never feel guilty.

Throughout history psychopaths have always had an advantage when it comes to seeking high office. Today’s political party systems, with their emphasis on superficial likeability, and an endless capacity for lying and deceit, make it easier for psychopaths to reach the top.

Around the world a remarkably high proportion of Presidents and Prime Ministers end up in prison. That certainly suggests they have criminal tendencies. I think they also show clear psychopathic tendencies.

Throughout history the possession of psychopathic traits has proved a useful passport to high office. Men and women who are unfettered by moral scruples, who are prepared to lie or cheat their way to the top and who will make promises they know they cannot keep have a huge advantage over those held back by notions of fair play.

Leaders who are psychopaths have huge advantages over more democratically inclined leaders. The possession of psychopathic traits is actually advantageous to a political leader. They give him or her more degrees of freedom in his control and manipulating of those under him and most particularly in his dealings with potential enemies.

As they age, psychopaths become more of a threat than ever. They get better at lying and better at convincing people that their intentions are good.

To the psychopath, kindness, humanity and sentimentality are all signs of weakness, there to be exploited. Psychopaths do not have consciences, in the way that the rest of us do and so they never suffer from the restraining influence of guilt.

So, is your country’s leader a psychopath?

I’m going to describe twelve traits which will enable you to decide if your leader is a psychopath. Just write down a YES for each time you think you recognise your leader’s traits. At the end of the questionnaire, just add up the number of times you answered YES.

  1. Psychopaths are exceptionally selfish and egocentric; they don’t worry about other people’s feelings.
  2. Psychopaths lie constantly (and are extremely good at it). Politicians tell big, deliberate, determined, self-serving lies.
  3. Psychopaths are manipulative and skilled at persuading other people to do things for them.
  4. The psychopath only ever loves him or herself.
  5. Psychopaths are callous and indifferent to suffering.
  6. Psychopaths bully and are abusive and don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be, especially since they know from experience that bullying is a very effective way to get their own way.
  7. Psychopaths are charming because they have learned to be attentive and to fake interest in others.
  8. Psychopaths are unable to experience love or show true compassion…they will make declarations of love if they think they will benefit.
  9. Psychopaths never take responsibility; they always blame others when things go wrong.
  10. Psychopaths often make promises they know they cannot keep, and have no intention of keeping.
  11. Psychopaths are good at self-promotion.
  12. Psychopaths are often extremely ambitious. They ignore or brush aside the sort of genuine worries that destroy ordinary people.

    Sensitive, caring individuals bend over backwards to make amends. But when psychopaths make mistakes they lie and lie and lie again. And they do it convincingly and without a blush. It never occurs to them to apologise. They don’t make any effort to put things right. And, unless it is completely unavoidable, they do not resign. Their ambition is all that matters.

The more of these traits that you recognised the more likely it is that your leader is a psychopath. If you noted eight or more then they’re definitely psychopathic.

You can try these questions out on other well-known figures. Tony Blair, Donald Trump, Klaus Schwab, Prince Charles, the Entitled Harry and that bloke with the growly dog who lives at the end of your street.

Dr Vernon Coleman’s short book Are you living with a Psychopath is available as a paperback and an eBook.

You can read more from Dr Vernon Coleman at his official site found here.

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