Different Types of Psychopaths
Antisocial Personality: Personality disorder characterized by egocentrism, lack of conscience, impulsive behavior, and charisma. The term antisocial personality is often used interchangeably with the terms “sociopath” and “psychopath”. (Fast Facts about Psychopathic or Sociopathic Personality Disorders)
There are four different subtypes of psychopaths; primary, secondary, distempered, and charismatic. Primary and secondary distinctions were made back in 1941 by Harvey Cleckley (What is a Psychopath?).
Primary psychopaths seem not to experience any real emotion, they do not respond to punishment, apprehension, ...view middle of the document...
This personality has everyone fooled; they are charming, talented, and manipulative. This personality is usually successful and possesses some specific talent they will use to their advantage in manipulating others out of what they want.
Harvey Cleckley had five basic criteria for the psychopathic personality:
1. Superficial charm and good intelligence.
2. Shallow emotions and lack of empathy, guilt, or remorse.
3. Behaviors indicative of little life plan or order.
4. Failure to learn from experience and absence of anxiety.
5. Unreliability, insincerity, and untruthfulness.
(Fast Facts about Psychopathic or Sociopathic Personality Disorders)
According to these descriptions I’d say everyone has a little psychopath in them. I suppose the Charismatic psychopath would be considered a “successful psychopath”. All four of these personality types live amongst us every day; however, I believe the other three personalities can usually be spotted to some degree. One of the articles noted that there are three ways to spot psychopathy in a child: bedwetting (not related to a medical disorder), fascination with fire/fire setting (pyromania), and cruelty to animals (Fast Facts about Psychopathic or Sociopathic Personality Disorders). When I was a kid the...