Longer List of Psychopathic Characteristics

I always enjoy reading characterizations of psychopathy. Here is an extensive list I found. Link at bottom.

I do not agree with all of them, but the majority fit quite well.

1.) Has no conscience. Feels no remorse or guilt.

2.) Manipulates people by “pulling strings” or “pushing the right buttons.” Can be very cunning.

3.) Is perceived to be “sticky”, “slimy” or “slippery.”

4.) Is a “control freak” Has to have all the power.

5.) Is a “serial bully”. Has one main bully target at a time. Once he loses control of that bully target, he feels compelled to find another bully target very quickly to sink his claws into.

6.) Has an exaggerated sense of self-importance, thinking that the world revolves around him. This is known as “egocentricity.” Is a Narcissist.

7.) Is a “fantasist”

8.) Glares at people with piercing eyes. Women may mistake this for sexual magnetism.When angry face can look very evil, almost demonic.

9.) Would unexpectedly say very hurtful things.

10.) Consistently apportions blame to others when things go wrong, regardless of how logically an explanation was given – “whipping boy” – “fall guy”.

11.) Twists and distorts facts to his advantage.

12.) Jekyll and Hyde personality. Two personalities, one good, one bad/evil.

13.) Applies his distorted sense of reality (psychosis) to others, accusing         them of faults and weaknesses that are actually his own.              

14.) Inability to accept responsibility or blame for his actions. He is                always “in denial.”

15.) Can get vicious if cornered.

16.) Spins a “web of deceit.”  Is a pathological liar.

17.) Has a “hidden agenda.”

18.) Has a “selective memory” – remembers your mistakes but forgets his own.

19.) Seldom plans for the long and medium terms, believing himself to be             immune to the consequences of his own actions.

20.) Takes the credit for other people’s work. This is known as …”plagiarism.”

21.) Demands absolute loyalty. Only likes you if you do exactly what he wants, therefore attempting to reinforce manipulation.

22.) Tries to make you feel guilty (“the guilt trip”) If you protest about doing what he wants you to do. For example, saying to you “You are causing me so many problems because of your selfishness.”

23.) Often exhibits an unusually high level of charm. Commonly uses flattery to win people over so they can be manipulated.

24.) May have an impenetrable veneer of charm, or “superficial politeness”, that makes it very difficult to ask pertinent or searching questions that would reveal his true self. For example, he may constantly crack jokes or dwell on pleasantries with no substance, discussing the weather for example. A psychopathic veneer of charm may manifest itself in organizations by using glossy brochures and marketing that portrays things in an idealistic way that has little bearing on reality – “charm offensive.”

25.) Happy to dish out criticism or abuse – not happy to receive criticism or abuse – “do as I say, not as I do.”

26.) Makes an audible noise when walking around, such as humming,           whistling, singing, making duck-noises or clicking fingers.

27.) Uses frequent hand movements when talking.

28.) Gives you a sense of being “talked at” rather than being “talked to” when the psychopath engages you in conversation.

29.) Inability to understand irony.

30.) He can’t be trusted. Breaks promises and breaches matters intended to be in confidence.

31.) Stabs you in the back.

32.) Fakes sincerity with great conviction. For example he may be profusely apologetic, if he is caught red-handed doing some misdemeanor, but then do the same misdemeanor the next week if he thinks he can get away with it. He is incapable of a sincere apology.

33.) Lacks tact.

34.) Is not a team player – he acts autocratically.

35.) Is two-faced.

36.) Hates people who are more talented than he is as it shows up his own inadequacies which he may in turn “project” onto that person.

37.) Flies into a rage over a small problem – “nit picking.”

38.) Lacks any kind of personal depth.

39.) Has a beaming, charismatic and even messianic smile. Any politicians spring to mind ?

40.) Gets others to do his dirty work – “attack dogs” or “hatchet men.”

41.) Changes the rules frequently but denies the inconsistency.

42.) May plunge into detail about something without appreciating that you don’t know the context.

43.) May express anger because you don’t know something that he assumes you know but there is no reason why you should know it and no-one has told you.

44.) Interprets criticism of himself (even constructive criticism) as a personal insult or personal attack.

45.) Expresses anger at emotional outbursts from others.

46.) May use the word “I” frequently in conversation and with emphasis.

47.) May use expressions such as “I’m just looking after number one” or “I was just following orders” as an excuse to justify abuse.

48.) Rarely gets depressed.

49.) Is more concerned about the welfare of an inanimate object than a human being. For example, if he witnesses a person colliding with an inanimate object and hurting themselves, he may be more concerned about possible damage to the inanimate object.

50.) Likes to find out about or observe other psychopaths. For example, likes to watch Hollywood action films with psychopathic characters or read books about psychopathic historical characters such as Napoleon. Perhaps this partly explains why different psychopaths often use similar “scripts” for their deceitful practices.

51.) Never remembers his own emotional outbursts or denies having them.

52.) Sees things in black or white – something is either all “good” or all “evil”. Does this remind you of any politicians?

53.) Lectures you endlessly until you agree. For example, think of the tendency of dictators to give speeches that go on for hours – this is “extreme lecturing.”

54.) Unusual or abnormal sense of direction.

55.) Has little interest in making any effort to make you feel comfortable, unless he is manipulating you.

56.) They can express remorse when they lose control of someone they are abusing. This is just a form of self-pity as the psycho now has to go to the trouble of “grooming” a new target.

57.) Makes forced loud laughter – belly laugh.

58.) Excessive use of makeup. Preening. Excessive touching of hair.

59.) Often attributes others to saying things about them, for example, “My mother says that I have the most lovely hair.” or refers to himself in the third person.

60.) Inability to say thank you. Inability to return a compliment. Inability to reciprocate or acknowledge an act of kindness.

61.) May make or be seen to make token acts of kindness, for example donations to charity. However these acts are not sincere and are intended just to reinforce the psycho’s pretence of being a good person or as some form of manipulation.

62.) Has an abnormal “startle response” – doesn’t jump or startle when we would. This is documented by professionals, but not well known among the public.

63.) Abnormal sense of smell. Psychopaths may not smell things we can or not as well as we can (olfactory sense). This seems to be verified by research of psychosis variations. Excessive use of colognes, aftershave or perfumes.

64.) Normal people may sense or feel the presence of “evil”. It permeates from the psychopath. We react with nausea, fear, and we often say “Oh, he doesn’t mean that”. It is often intangible and something we can’t really define.

65.) Loves giving explicit details of gory operations or violent incidents that he has heard about, for example in films or on TV.

66.) Thinks that normal rules of society don’t apply to him – he is somehow exempt. He is not concerned with right or wrong for his own actions – only with whether he can get away with doing something without being caught. However he may insist that others adhere to strict rules of his making.

67.) May show an odd fascination with fire, weapons, drugs or alcohol.

68.) Throws out items normally kept. Has no items or discards any with only ‘sentimental connections

69.) May have a commanding physical presence.

70.) Drives recklessly.

71.) Obsession with neatness and tidiness.

72.) May be cruel to animals, for example, stamps on worms.

73.) Thinks that it is necessary for someone else to fail for him to succeed. He will often make sure that someone fails by using deceit. A psycho manager may engineer failure in an employee by overloading with work or setting impossible deadlines.


Longer List of Psychopathic Characteristics

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