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John of Phoenix
08-31-2018, 09:26 AM
There are 13 markers for psychopathy. Does two scoops miss any of the marks?


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08-31-2018, 09:38 AM
There are 13 markers for psychopathy. Does two scoops miss any of the marks?


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He's really not very charming.

John of Phoenix
08-31-2018, 09:54 AM
Psychopaths get bored easily
Psychopaths are VERY charming
Psychopaths lie a lot
Psychopaths lack realistic, long-term goals
Psychopaths think theyre superior
Psychopaths can switch their empathy on and off
Psychopaths have a bad temper
Psychopaths are sexually promiscuous
Psychopaths are impulsive or irresponsible
Psychopaths were problematic as children
Psychopaths engage in criminal behavior
Psychopaths are unpredictable
Psychopath behavior is a pattern

Did he miss any? Ergo a psycho.

08-31-2018, 10:04 AM
RE: #6, he'd have to HAVE empathy to turn it on.

Keith Wilson
08-31-2018, 10:16 AM
A bit light. Here's a summary of one of the standard measures, the Psychopathic Personality Inventory: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathic_Personality_Inventory) And more here (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mindmelding/201301/what-is-psychopath-0).

Original subscales:

The items used in the original version of the PPI were based on a number of conceptual constructs theorized (by previous researchers such as Hervey Cleckley and Robert D. Hare) to be related to psychopathy. It consists of a series of statements to which subjects respond on how accurately the statement describes them using a 4-point Likert scale ("False, "Mostly False", "Mostly True", "True").

Factor Analysis of the initial 160 items revealed 8 factors:

Machiavellian Egocentricity: A lack of empathy and sense of detachment from others for the sake of achieving one's own goals
Social Potency: The ability to charm and influence others
Coldheartedness: A distinct lack of emotion, guilt, or regard for others' feelings
Carefree Nonplanfulness: Difficulty in planning ahead and considering the consequences of one's actions
Fearlessness: An eagerness for risk-seeking behaviors, as well as a lack of the fear that normally goes with them
Blame Externalization: Inability to take responsibility for one's actions, instead blaming others or rationalizing one's behavior
Impulsive Nonconformity: A disregard for social norms and culturally acceptable behaviors
Stress Immunity: A lack of typical marked reactions to traumatic or otherwise stress-inducing events
Additionally, the PPI also included two special validity scales designed to detect participants who were giving random, inconsistent, or insincere answers. This was to avoid attempts at malingering, and to eliminate subjects who seemed to have difficulty understanding multiple items.

Revised factors
In 2005, the PPI was revised. The new version, called the PPI-R,[2] included a reorganization of the 8 subscales into two (sometimes three) new higher-order factors:

PPI-1:Fearless Dominance (FD), consisting of the Social Potency, Stress Immunity, and Fearlessness subscales. Associated with less anxiety, depression, and empathy as well as higher well-being, assertiveness, narcissism, and thrill-seeking.

PPI-2: Self-Centered Impulsivity (SCI), consisting of the Carefree Nonplanfulness, Impulsive Nonconformity, Machiavellian Egocentricity, and Blame Externalization subscales. Associated with impulsivity, aggressiveness, substance use, antisocial behavior, negative affect, and suicidal ideation.

A person may score at different levels on the different factors, but the total score indicates the overall extent of psychopathic personality. Higher scores on factor I are associated with emotional stability and social efficacy, as well as reduced empathy. Higher scores on factor II are associated with maladaptive tendencies, including aggressiveness, substance use problems, negative feelings and suicidal ideation. Scores on the two major factors tend to be only moderately correlated.

I think Narcissistic Personality Disorder fits perfectly. This is from the Mayo Clinic's website (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662).


Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
Exaggerate achievements and talents
Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
Take advantage of others to get what they want
Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
Be envious of others and believe others envy them
Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

Become impatient or angry when they don't receive special treatment
Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

Gib Etheridge
08-31-2018, 10:33 AM
Give me one psychopath, heavy on the narcissism and abuse.

08-31-2018, 10:37 AM
If the shoe fits - wear it.

John of Phoenix
08-31-2018, 10:46 AM
Stress Immunity: A lack of typical marked reactions to traumatic or otherwise stress-inducing events

Here, he's quite the opposite of "immune". The guy's a raving... well, psycho.