The profile of the psychopath

Although culturally associated with psychopathy to crime, not all criminals are psychopaths, and not all psychopaths break the law. In fact, we live surrounded by psychopaths and we don’t know it. Contrary to what is generally thought, from the outside, with the naked eye, we will see a attractive, charismatic and probably charming person. Candela Molina, psychologist at
Cepsim Madrid
, describes them as “persuasive, seductive, self-centered, with a grandiose image of themselves and an apparent sense of self-confidence.” On numerous occasions, they even hold positions of power in large companies or in politics, since they are suitable for these positions because they do not feel empathy or remorse when making decisions that make others suffer, such as firing someone, evicting them or steal from public coffers.

Profile of a psychopath

  • exalted self image
  • Fantasies and very high expectations of success and power
  • Superficial affective level, cold and lacking in empathy
  • Cruelty towards people and violation of their limits
  • They do not assume responsibility for their actions and the consequences of these
  • They behave exploitatively in their relationships

Due to this type of personality, Molina explains that they tend to have superficial and promiscuous relationships, with little intimacy and unstable: «They live their desires as something irresistible and act with impulsiveness. Because of their grandiose self-image and constant search for gratification, these people often also engage in risky activities.” In addition, they are especially skilled at capturing what others feel and manipulating them to achieve their ends, using their interpersonal skills to achieve their desires, even if that means taking advantage of, deceiving or harming others. If necessary, they may use violencebecause they are incapable of feeling what the other feels, their pain or their affection.

How do you think?

On the one hand, psychopaths have little awareness of their actions and how they affect their environment. On the other, Molina exposes that there is a source of suffering, although it is not easy to see it: «Precisely in their egocentric traits is their weak point, since they are afraid of seeing their magnificent image damaged, because they try to feel all-powerful before others». In those moments when their image is put to the test, they experience a lot of anguish in case they receive criticism or humiliation, and they will do everything possible to maintain that image of grandeur, even if it means harm. This is known as ‘narcissistic anxiety’: do not tolerate criticism or humiliationTherefore, they frequently experience feelings of envy or devaluation of the rest, especially if they consider them competitors.

Their environment is affected because there is no repair for the damage they cause; They do not assume their responsibility in this regard. This leads to a loss of self-esteem of the people around them. “They tend to experience a lot of confusion before the psychopathic person, because that desirable image competes with their harmful acts,” says Molina.

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