The personality traits that define the psychopath, according to an expert

During a virtual seminar offered by The Science and Information Exchange, Abigail Marsh, professor of psychology and neuroscientist from Georgetown University (United States), offered a detailed explanation, collected by Insideron what are the four traits that psychopaths share. Aspects of his personality that he pointed out do not have to be linked to traumas suffered in childhood or to problematic families.

The diagnosis for psychopaths and sociopaths is antisocial personality disorder. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marsh assured in the course of this seminar that “we know that the severity of these traits is related to characteristic brain abnormalities that seem to start early in childhood and then progress.” In this way, psychopathy moves in a spectrum that catalogs it from mild to severe and, according to this expert, depending on the degree, it can be more manipulative, risky and threatening.

Despite the broad spectrum, for Marsh there is four common traits that occur in those who are considered psychopaths. These would be ruthless, remorseless, inability to love someone and insensitivity to the possibility of harm.

Throughout her speech, this expert in the field explained that those who suffer from this personality disorder have problems feeling empathy and pity for what happens to others. He is unable to put himself in another’s place. In the same way, it is also difficult for them to reach and understand a feeling like love.

“They don’t experience close, loving bonds with other people in the same way that other people do. More than one child or adolescent that I interviewed said that they do not love anyone, not their family, not their friends, ”Marsh explained about his investigation. For this type of people, those around them are more “partners” who are below them on the scale.

Regarding the aspect of insensitivity to the possibility of harm, this neuroscientist explains that this causes do not fear physical or emotional harm and that affects that they do not care about the consequences of their actions. In other words, the fact that the consequence of an act may be to suffer harm in the first person, social rejection or even go to prison is not something that can prevent him from acting.

In the information published by Insider the term psychopath is spoken at all times, and not sociopath. As explained by the Mental Health America of Eastern Missouripsychopath and sociopath are terms from popular psychology for which psychiatry calls antisocial personality disorder. These two terms are not well defined in the psychology research literature, hence the confusion about them.

Still, he notes, there are similarities and “both sociopaths and psychopaths have a pervasive pattern of disregard for the safety and rights of others. Deceit and manipulation are central features of both personality types. Contrary to popular belief, a psychopath or sociopath is not necessarily violent. The common characteristics of a psychopath and a sociopath reside in their shared diagnosis: antisocial personality disorder.

Someone, they specify, with three or more of these traits would be considered someone with antisocial personality disorder:

  • “Breaking or breaking the law regularly.”

  • “He constantly lies and deceives others.”

  • “He’s impulsive and doesn’t plan ahead.”

  • “He can be prone to fighting and aggressiveness.”

  • “He has little regard for the safety of others.”

  • “Irresponsible, unable to meet financial obligations.”

  • “He feels no remorse or guilt.”

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The personality traits that define the psychopath, according to an expert