Are there any subliminal signs to clearly identify whether you are dealing with a psychopath?
Since most psychopaths wear a mask, it is particularly difficult for those who have little idea of psychopathy to identify signs.
In the following I would like to mention a number of subliminal behavioural characteristics, which are by no means all applicable to psychopaths or can sometimes be attributed to other circumstances:
- Delayed Reaction Time: If you don’t know social or emotional reaction patterns, you need to consciously act on them.
If you do this frequently, it becomes a kind of habit, even if it is still delayed. The same applies to the rarer case of a reaction to the death of a “loved one”. No psychopath would naturally burst into tears.
If you know someone who is never worried about something that is never worried, that could be a sign.
They don’t take a lot of things seriously. If you see someone who is never worried about anything and never worried, this could be a sign.
While I might know that I am responsible for something I have committed, I would mostly attribute it to others or to the circumstances.
So if you see a lack of a second of terror in many situations where others are shrugging, this could be a sign.
Incidentally, you need to know the candidate personally and interact closely with him in order to actually see through him.
Be careful to make lay diagnoses and leave this task to the professionals.
Note: The author Daniel Tegethoff was diagnosed with an antisocial personality disorder.When he was in prison, he answered the revised psychopathy review list after Robert Hare (PCL-R) scored 32 points.This puts him in the category of “non-criminal psychopath”.
See also the overview:
Psychopathy check list (revised) (PCL-R) – Robert Hare