Sound like anyone you know? Psychopath:
Some of the more common signs to be aware of include:
- socially irresponsible behavior
- disregarding or violating the rights of others
- inability to distinguish between right and wrong
- difficulty with showing remorse or empathy
- tendency to lie often
- manipulating and hurting others
- recurring problems with the law
- general disregard towards safety and responsibility
Of course, the more fashionable tern is Sociopath. Defined as:
- A lack of empathy for others
- Little to no genuine remorse
- The manipulation of other people
- Lying and deceit
- A sense of superiority over others
- Little to no regard for right or wrong
- The belief that rules do not apply to them
- Getting into legal trouble or a little regard for the law
- A lack of responsibility or engaging in irresponsible behaviors
- Aggression or hostility
- The exploitation of other people
Sounds just the same to me. There is then this from 8 Signs You Are Arguing With An Actual Psychopath.
1. They play the victim card
2. You have to explain basic human emotions to them
3. They seem to be completely different people sometimes
4. They make excuses
5. They lie
6. They are hypocrites
7. They accuse you of feeling emotions they are provoking intentionally
8. They deny their manipulative behavior
The last one is explained this way.
They will constantly tell you they didn’t do something even if you have proof of them doing it. Ignoring evidence is something they are known for.
Plus this: The Psychopathic Personality Inventory. Here’s the list:
- Machiavellian Egocentricity (ME): A lack of empathy and sense of detachment from others for the sake of achieving one’s own goals
- Social Potency (SOP): The ability to charm and influence others
- Coldheartedness (C): A distinct lack of emotion, guilt, or regard for others’ feelings
- Carefree Nonplanfulness (CN): Difficulty in planning ahead and considering the consequences of one’s actions
- Fearlessness (F): An eagerness for risk-seeking behaviors, as well as a lack of the fear that normally goes with them
- Blame Externalization (BE): Inability to take responsibility for one’s actions, instead blaming others or rationalizing one’s behavior
- Impulsive Nonconformity (IN): A disregard for social norms and culturally acceptable behaviors
- Stress Immunity (STI): A lack of typical marked reactions to traumatic or otherwise stress-inducing events
And then there is this: Research Suggests Politicians are More Likely to Be Psychopaths – some, of course, more so than others.
You don’t have to be an ax-wielding murderer to possess some of the classic psychopathic traits: lack of remorse and empathy, a sense of grandiosity, superficial charm, conning and manipulative behavior and refusal to take responsibility for one’s actions. For politicians, possessing excessive charm and a calculating mind would be considered assets.
The sort of person who likes to manipulate others who fall for their false charm and respond to their manipulative behaviour.
This has all occurred to me today watching Andrew Bolt: ‘Four big reasons’ why Daniel Andrews should go. To boil it down to its essence, because Daniel Andrews is not just stupid, not just a liar, and not just an authoritarian with no social conscience, but has also been an incompetent administrator whose mismanagement of Victoria has led to a series of deaths and a massive downturn in the future prospects for the state, he should depart the scene. He won’t but he should.