Psychopathy in women appears in a more covert and sibylline way 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 laugh of the female psychopath is a lure with which to gain trust. It also serves to dazzle, show ingenuity and closeness with the person who is of interest to you. With this social gesture he manages to be the center of attention and reinforce his feeling of grandiosity. Because if there is a dimension that stands out in women with psychopathy, it is narcissism.
Likewise, it may strike 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. When it isn’t.
It should be noted that some other writer became famous when he 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 without a doubt the character of Annie Wilkies, in Stephen King’s Misery. Now, did these chilling ladies fit the behavioral pattern described by science?
Well, something to point out to us in a study from Dr. Caroline Logan, a forensic psychologist at the University of Manchester, UK, is that, in fact, psychopathy in women harbors little scientific research. And this is so because their behavior is not so easy to identify. But this does not mean that their presence is not highly harmful…
The psychopathic woman often undermines the self-esteem of others. She does it by spreading rumours, intimidating and turning the victim’s environment against her.
The laugh of the female psychopath
Not all psychopaths commit crimes. Although the movies and books bring us that darker and more threatening image of this profile, reality is far from that image. In fact, a study from the University of Tromsø, in Norway, tell us that only 17% of the female prison population shows psychopathy.
To evaluate this trait, the psychopathy test of Robert D Hare. Thus, and although we know that the prevalence of this disorder is much lower in women than in men, there are its own characteristics that draw our attention. In recent years, more scientific documentation is appearing and there is a curious feature that is worth dwelling on: the laughter of the female psychopath.
If there is a name that stands out in the study of psychopathy, it is precisely Dr. Robert Hare. A great expert in criminal psychology, he has given us such interesting books as psychopathy (1984) and the most remarkable of all, Without conscience (1993). Something that points out to us in its pages is the great ability of the psychopath to be eloquent and ingenious in his dialectic.
The woman with this profile is not only a good conversationalist, but often borders on the histrionics. However, it is a highly captivating histrionics with which to gain the trust and attention of whoever you want. Thus, and in the midst of these tricks, their laughter, guffaws and their calculated smiles at the interlocutor stand out. It never goes missing.
This gesture allows several purposes. The first is to create a scenario of relaxation and emotional openness. The second is to seduce, convey closeness and even kindness. The third objective is to give truth to their falsehoods. A lie delivered with a smile is much more truthful and convincing.
The laugh of the female psychopath, the covert mockery
This data is interesting. Researchers at the University of Zurich conducted a study analyzing 233 adults. 143 women and 90 men. One thing they discovered is that, indeed, a psychopath does not use laughter in the same way that we do. Laughing is not always a reflection of joy, emotional connection with others, empathy or a reflection of relaxation in a pleasant moment.
The laughter of the female psychopath is a tool to control, deceive and humiliate. Although both genders use smiles, laughter and laughter as striking social masks to integrate, like and attract attention, women go a little further. They are more calculating and do not get carried away so much by impulsiveness like men.
They are engineers of the most voracious gossip, they spread harmful rumors to destroy whoever they please. They do it with careful wit and good-natured charm. His laugh, in addition to being manipulative, can also be burlesque and cold. Contempt often peeks out from the corner of his mouth.
While men with psychopathic traits are defined by impulsiveness and lack of planning, women with this characteristic are more Machiavellian and better calculate their goals.
What hides behind the smile
Winifred Rule is the author of born to destroy, Psychopathy in Females, a Life Story (2013), the first book that exhaustively describes the profile of the psychopathic woman. He points out an interesting aspect. These people, in addition to being incapable of love, do not even like themselves. Their minds are dominated by envy, unhappiness and the constant feeling of lack. Everyone seems to owe them something.
They are harmful, especially for their closest beings, such as the family and even their children. However, their aggressiveness is not behavioral, as is often the case in men. They always resort to a very clear stratagem, such as psychological wear and domination. Nevertheless, behind that smile that serves as a valuable tool, often hides the anxietystress and depression.
Female psychopaths tend to suffer from more emotional disorders than male psychopaths. In fact, andIt is striking that in the clinical history of many of them appears, very often, a past of abuse and mistreatment. Therefore, although it is true that mental disorders, like certain personality traits, do not have a gender, there are always small peculiarities.
Female psychopathy is an area in which we still need to go much deeper.
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