Psychopathy in women appears more veiled and cryptic than in men. They are very skilled in manipulative techniques and often use laughter, charm and a sense of humor, as a resource to win over others …
The psychopathic woman’s laughter is a lure to gain trust. It also serves to amaze, show ingenuity and closeness to the person we are interested in. With this social gesture he manages to be the center of attention and strengthen his perception of grandeur. Because if there is one dimension that stands out in women with psychopathy, it is narcissism.
Likewise, it may affect more than one of you that this personality disorder also appears on the XX chromosome. Because the truth is that, in our popular culture, reinforced above all by the world of cinema and literature, it has made us almost exclusively associate the psychopathic personality with the male gender, but this is not the case.
It must be said that some other writers became famous when they decided to portray the figure of a psychopathic woman. Shocking was, for example, Amy Dune from the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. And unforgettable was undoubtedly the character of Annie Wilkies, in Stephen King’s Misery. Now, did these chilling women fit the behavioral pattern described by science?
Well, one thing that is told to us in one study of Dr Caroline Logan, forensic psychologist at the University of Manchester (UK), is that, in reality, psychopathy in women has little scientific research. And this is so because their behavior is not that easy to identify. But that doesn’t mean their presence isn’t highly harmful …
The psychopathic woman often undermines the self-esteem of others. She does this by spreading rumors, intimidating and turning the victim’s environment against them.
The laughter of the psychopathic woman
Not all psychopaths commit crimes. Although the movies and books bring us that darker and more threatening image of this profile, the reality is far from that image. Indeed, one study of the University of Tromsø, Norway, indicates that only 17% of the female prison population shows psychopathy.
Psychopathic testing is often used to assess this characteristic by Robert de Hare. So, and although we know that the prevalence of this disorder is much lower in women than in men, there are its characteristics that catch our attention. In recent years, more scientific documentation is appearing and there is a curious feature worth dwelling on: the laughter of the female psychopath.
If there is one name that stands out in the study of psychopathy, it is Dr. Robert Hare. Great expert in criminal psychology, he gave us interesting books like Psychopathy (1984) and most notable of all, Sin conciencia (1993). Something that makes us notice in its pages is the psychopath’s great ability to be eloquent and brilliant in his dialectic.
The woman with this profile is not only a good conversationalist, but often borders on it histrionic personality. However, he is a highly engaging histrionic with whom you can earn the trust and attention of whoever you want. Thus, and in the midst of these tricks, their laughter, laughter and their calculated smiles stand out at the interlocutor. It never disappears.
This gesture allows for several purposes. The first is to create a scenario of relaxation and emotional openness. The second is to seduce, to convey closeness and even kindness. The third goal is to give truth to their falsehoods. A lie uttered with a smile is much more truthful and convincing.
The laughter of the psychopathic woman, the hidden teasing
These data are interesting. Researchers from the University of Zurich conducted one study out of 233 adults. 143 women and 90 men. Something they found is that, in fact, a psychopath doesn’t use laughter the same way we do. Laughing is not always a reflection of joy, emotional connection with others, empathy, or a reflection of relaxation in a pleasant moment.
Laughter of the female psychopath is a tool to control, deceive and humiliate. Although both genders use smiles, laughter, and laughter as stunning social masks to complement, appreciate, and grab attention, women go a little further. They are more calculating and do not get carried away from impulsiveness as much as men.
They are engineers of the most voracious gossip, spreading harmful rumors to destroy whoever they want. They do it with careful wit and good-natured charm. His laugh, in addition to being manipulative, can also be mockery and cold. Contempt often peeks out from the corner of his mouth.
While men with psychopathic traits are defined by impulsiveness and a lack of planning, women with this trait are more Machiavellian and calculate their goals better.
What lies behind the smile
Winifred Rule is the author of Born to Destroy, Psychopathy in Females, a Life Story (2013), the first book to fully profile the female psychopath. Emphasize an interesting aspect. These people, in addition to being unable to love, do not even love each other. Their minds are dominated from envyfrom unhappiness and the constant feeling of lack. Everyone seems to owe them something.
They are harmful, especially to their closest beings, such as family and even their children. However, their aggression is not behavioral, as is often the case in men. They always resort to a very clear ploy, such as psychological usury and domination. However, behind that smile that serves as a precious tool, they often hide anxiety, stress and depression.
Female psychopaths tend to suffer from more emotional disturbances than male psychopaths. It affects indeed that the medical history of many of them often shows a past of abuse and mistreatment. Therefore, while it is true that mental disorders, like certain personality traits, do not have a gender, there are always small quirks.
Female psychopathy is an area where we still have to go much deeper.