Are there any subliminal signs to clearly identify whether you are dealing with a psychopath?

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.

  • The facial expression does not match what is said, such as smiling when you say that you are sorry.
  • Careless attitude: Psychopaths are known for their casual attitude and do not take many things seriously.
  • If you know someone who is never worried about something that is never worried, that could be a sign.

  • Egocentricity: The concerns of others are not necessarily taken into account.
  • Roughanswers: such as black humour, lack of compassion and the like.
  • Psychopaths are known for their emphatically casualposture.
  • 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.

  • Objectification problem: Psychopaths naturally have no sense of guilt because they are unfamiliar with feelings of guilt.
  • While I might know that I am responsible for something I have committed, I would mostly attribute it to others or to the circumstances.

  • Decreased shock reflex: Psychopaths usually have a low nervous arousal threshold, which means that they are not as easy to scare as others.
  • So if you see a lack of a second of terror in many situations where others are shrugging, this could be a sign.

  • Now, when you review this list, you notice that many people might occasionally behave accordingly.
  • 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

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