CNN Profiles: The psychopath detector
Research psychologist, Kevin Dutton, and author of the book, "The Wisdom of Psychopaths."
November 9th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The psychopath detector

By Michael Schulder, CNN

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(CNN) - Are you or is someone you know a psychopath?

Wait – let's reframe that question.

Do you or someone you know fall somewhere on the psychopathic spectrum?

You may not know for sure until you listen to this week’s CNN Profile of Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton.

Dutton is author of the new book “The Wisdom of Psychopaths.”

As he explains in this interview, not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, there are many highly functioning psychopaths. One may even be your boss. And you can’t judge if a person is a psychopath by simply looking at him, or even from a brief conversation.

Dutton maintains that many people have great success in highly skilled fields not in spite of but BECAUSE of certain psychopathic traits, including a British neurosurgeon he interviewed.

Dutton may have been destined to study psychopaths. His father was one. Not a violent psychopath. A charming one, as so many are. Wait until you hear Dutton describe how his father once conned a restaurant full of patrons.

After you listen to our interview with Professor Dutton – you can spend some time on a psychopathy questionnaire - a "quiz" short version or a sign in for a longer one. Neither will provide a diagnosis. But your psychopathy radar will be better than ever.

Dutton’s wife of 13 years has had enough of his immersion in the world of psychopaths. You can hear how he plans to address her concerns on this edition of CNN Profiles.

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview in the SoundCloud player above.

soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. LouBuc

    Thank goodness I now know how to find the psycho path ...

    November 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. peterweicker

    That quiz is transparent. Take away the narcissism and the indifference to others and you have the potential for greatness. Leave it in and you're just another asshole.

    November 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughts

      this sounds like an apt description of the prozac pushers i am specifically referring to
      narcisstic – indifferent – great achiever wanna-bees with their pinkys on the pulse
      people with the power to push their pharma madness on the masses
      for their benefit – always for their benefit
      if nothing else – then for their entertainment
      psychopaths is a very good description of them
      watch them at their next attempt at world domination

      November 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimzcarz

    Who cares just get out of my way...

    November 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amy

    I think many psychopaths would score low on the quiz because they would know the "correct" answers.

    November 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Elise

    I have had a couple of supervisors who were in the psychopathic spectrum - neither violent, neither criminal ... but the thinking is definitely different. The upper managers didn't realize it; their traits are what gave them their jobs - I was the actual person physically doing the work though. It is extremely difficult to get other people to understand your situation and they just assume you are the person with issues. Psychopathic people are very charming and convincing. Takes quite a while for others to see (if ever). It's not always a "bad" thing, but there is a piece missing (whether compassion or consequence or moral reasons, etc.) I tend to look for it in people, it just makes me aware of things - not always avoid. Knowing this is extremely helpful in understanding people.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • that guy

      bosses and managers seem "psycho.." bc they have District Managers and Owners otherwise known as your bosses' boss bearing down on them bc YOU(hypothetically) are not doing YOUR job. And if they cant get you to perform, or if they Care too much about your problems and are too nice, they get fired and replaced by the guy thats worse of an asshole, and what happens to your old boss, he cant feed his kids. do you really want ur boss getting fired and not feeding their kids or paying bills bc YOU want more convenience in your life, thats sounds a bit PSYCHOPATHIC, and you LOOK for these traits in people when you meet them as if your an 'on the fly' psychologist or sociologist, thats craziness, YEAH, be sure to stay away from those people that seem like they might want to be a BOSS some day, and not BE BOSSED

      November 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. caesarbc

    Yah – we should craft a survey of questions to identify psychopaths, and then eliminate them if they answer incorrectly.
    Turn this country into V for Vendetta.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. palintwit

    Pretty much every psychopath I've ever encountered is of the Tea Party Patriot variety.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheQuestionThatHasNoAnswer

      Hi, I'm the Occupy variety.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lroy

    Without listening or taking the test, most definitely. From birth, people have been avoiding me like the plague.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobert

    I took the mini-quiz and most of the characteristics of psychopaths contained in that quiz apply to many of the corporate ladder climbers I have met. Does this connection surprise anybody after the financial meltdown?

    November 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • theseconddavid

      It's not my fault you suck at life.

      November 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. refugeek

    I haven't read Dutton's book yet, but I'm interested in his exploration of fearlessness. He describes psychopaths as being generally fearless. Considering that, at some level, almost everyone is controlled by fear – then fearlessness equals freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh, the #2 Buddhist in the world, in his book "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching," says "Non-fear is the basis of true happiness. The greatest gift we can offer others is our non-fear."

    I am at the opposite end of the psychopath spectrum – at the anxiety end. I once had a housemate who was a psychopath. Af first, I didn't know he was a psychopath. In retrospect, he fit the model perfectly. He was incredibly charismatic, intelligent, and fearless. He basically did whatever he wanted. He cut through people like a hot knife through butter. He would often look at all my neurotic quirks and roll his eyes. It was very reassuring for me to live with a fearless person because my life had fallen apart, and I was a neurotic mess. I absorbed some of his fearlessness, and it helped me tremendously. We actually balanced each other out – sort of like the Odd Couple. All that ended when, to my surprise, he invited a homeless psychopath to live with us for a couple of days, which turned into several weeks. The homeless guy was also very charismatic, intelligent, and fearless – and he finally left after BSing his way into a good job. Then my housemate disappeared for a while, and I found out he was in jail. That's when the ugly side of him was truly revealed – when I discovered he'd been screwing me with the rent payments – and I also had to deal with his manipulation and his horrible friends. I managed to fend them all off, with the help of the landlord. I think he was finally deported back to his native country.

    My housemate was a happy guy. Maybe that was due to his non-fear, which was infectious. I appreciate the gift of non-fear, of happiness, but the psychopath's price was too high. There is another form of non-fear – of realizing that your true nature is eternal. You not only have to understand your true nature, you have to BE your true nature. We're all called to be saints, but few of us make it.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • hearme

      Just on fearlessness...

      One detail that struck me. A true believer in the Bible is to overcome fear; as fear is identified as a spirit that paralyzes fear and causes evil. There is no room for "normal fear," though many so called "christian" preachers or teachers do not teach the Bible without compromise.

      The True Bible does not allow for fear in any place. Where the phrase "fear the Lord" or a similar phrase is used, it means to respect or have reverential awe of The Lord of the Bible.

      November 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mk2aw

      Incredible story , thank you for sharing...what an ordeal you went through.

      November 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thoughts

    take prozac
    go on very bad trip
    have fun (sic) suicide attempt that ruins your brain for decades
    have no one tell you that you are on bad prozac trip
    (think 1991 prozac politics)
    continue taking prozac for one year
    until you run for cover from the doc and abusive spouse
    psychopathy – what fun – prozac makers and pushers must be proud psychopaths themselves
    prozac pushers suck big time

    November 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughts2

      develop ptsd from suicide attempt
      and learn about prozac years later
      then get in big f ing fight with prozac pushers
      who are psychopaths
      and skilled at turning others
      into psychopaths
      anxiety illness meet psychopathic prozac pushers
      and vice versus
      what fun

      November 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lise

      you're a idiot. prozac is not what messed up your brain. but i can tell something did.

      November 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • nonthought

        you are right actually
        it was a bunch of blue demons
        of course
        (always gotta blame your mom)

        November 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
        • thoughts

          i just think it pretty much sucks big time that prozac would mess me up so bad that now fighting off suicide with no help is character building because there is no help because prozac screwed up the mental health field so bad – that the only help there is into hand cuffs, or suicide, or becoming homeless or without family, school, jobs, opportunities, and meds that only kill and make you ill – like that is supposed to make anyone actually feel better.
          the entire mental health field is an enormous joke at this point in time – and deadly as hell

          November 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughts3

      must be the makings of a psychopathic prozac pusher
      worse yet to meet this attitude in the doc's office
      and at the fda
      and the results of their corruption
      sitting next to your kids at school
      who may also share your uninformed prejudice against mental illness

      November 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughts4

      prozac was created to turn normal depressed people into psychopathic followers of the great eli-lilly religion of hell so they could follow the leaders into zyprexa and diabetic drug madness – and then get throw in jail when they go insane
      good 'ol usa – driven by money hungry pharma one percenters in the world of health 'care' and privatized prison guinii pig system

      November 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • WhatisNorMaL?

        Turn off your thoughts...and forget about publishing your poetry.
        You are getting sleeeepy....very sleeeepy.

        November 11, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
        • thoughts5

          turning off one's thoughts is an art onto itself
          if i do publish some poetry someday
          you might actually enjoy it
          if you like poetry that is
          it is weird how the entire psychiatry and medical field kept pushing those prozac pills
          and still do
          even they these drs. have got to know they are feeding their patients flouride which is poison
          and speed to make them manic
          f ers

          November 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • thoughts6

      i think this is what bothers me the most at the moment
      that these doctors actually killed people with their meds
      and still do
      not only the patients – but sometimes those around the patients
      when the patients went insane on the meds
      because of the meds
      and they get away with doing it
      if a non-dr gave the same poison
      to another and caused harm
      they would be put in prison
      especially if they did it to a kid
      which dr.s do all the time
      and then they wonder why
      they go beserk or kill themselves
      like the younger (or any age) veterans
      on prozac
      or similar meds
      that kill themselves
      ... it makes me seriously disrespect the medical – psychiatric field – and the one percenter pharma creeps – like bush and co.
      those people are similar in description to this psychopathic image
      ... no – worse
      they actually kill people with impunity and make billions doing it – legally
      who needs wars – when you have the enemy at home in the dr. offices and lobbyists
      it is hard to watch the criminal malpractice continue

      November 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lou Cypher

    Pseudoscientific Theater

    November 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. .

    There is a fine line that separates genius and insanity.

    November 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Whatever

    Basically a sociopath and psychopath are one and the same, they're synonymous. With the only real difference being the potential "cause" of the disorder. It is thought that a "sociopath" becomes a sociopath based on environmental factors, whereas a "psychopath" is born with the disorder which suggests a biological cause. There are those who think "psychopathy" is a more severe form of antisocial personality disorder, however no one knows for sure.

    There are other disorders which have some similar symptoms but in no way makes someone a sociopath/psychopath. Narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder and bipolar can often be mistaken to an untrained eye for antisocial personality disorder. The key factor which differentiates antisocial personality disorder from other disorders is a total and complete lack of remorse. It is believed a person suffering with narcissistic personality disorder "can" develop the ability to experience remorse to some degree while someone suffering with antisocial personality disorder cannot.

    There is a spectrum ranging from the low end to the high end with various factors of "cause" and possible treatment to be considered. On the low end one might find someone suffering with narcissistic personality disorder and on the high end antisocial personality disorder and then there is everything in between. People assume someone with antisocial personality disorder is always a serial killer, to the contrary, the majority aren't. People with ASPD range from lowly criminals to many high functioning individuals in prominent positions within our society. Some are CEO's, politicians, doctors, lawyers and many are people in leadership positions who exhibit several characteristics found in the antisocial personality disorder spectrum, kind of scary eh?

    November 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber1892

      Great post, and put more eloquently than I could have. Very scarry indeed.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      It is scary. I have had a couple of sociopathic bosses/small business owners that should have been put in jail.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • miket

      Great post. I have known people with suspected ASPD and have always sought to weed out of my life. Ex wife had BDP. These people are difficult to say the least.

      November 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Been there-Dumb that

      In my 20's I lamented I didn't have the fearless type of confidence others had. I was secretly envious. I started a business
      and hired those confident, fearless types. Man, did I learn a lesson- they fell apart when the shirt hit the fan.
      Now, I'm happy to be the ordinary, imperfect, always trying to find a balance type, guy that I am.
      How you treat others with your "fearlessness" trumps your mastery of the image projection abilities.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      After eight years of HELL with my so-called "husband", the relationshit culminated with him attacking me one night in a drunk rage and he strangled and raped me. He was ultimately legally removed from the home and I had to get an order of protection on him. Packing his personal belongings and papers, I came across a psychological report done years earlier, when he was going through legal battles with his ex in regards to his children. It was there I found he had been diagnosed narcissist and antisocial personality disordered.

      Everyone here reading these posts....I can tell who here has encountered a real sociopath or psychopath and who has not. These people DO fall on a continuum, meaning some are "worse" than others but make NO MISTAKE, they ALL have the ability to destroy your life and trample your spirit. Almost two years later and I am STILL recovering from the eight year HELL I was living with a non-human who only LOOKS and can ACT the part. Traumatizing and soul destroying are the only words one can use to describe it. It is not glamorous, funny or amusing to be involved with one of these emotional vampires.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • TJ

        I truly pity you. Not for what you've been through. Many have survived MUCH worse, and took in on the shoulder with nary a whine. But because you're spreading your fear, hatred, and lack of understanding about something that is way above your head, or so it would seem, by your words.

        November 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Sounds like we should stay away from both types regardless of what caused it.

      November 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GAW

    Is it possible that the terms sociopath and psychopath are being confused here. Both have similar traits.

    November 10, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Amber1892

      I believe the difference between the two is just the matter of nature v/s nurture, and what Dr. a person speaks with. Is that not incorrect?

      November 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • palintwit

        Amber1892... you are a pretentious ass. Go ahead and report this one, too.

        November 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
        • Amber1892

          No need I'm an adult who can hold there own, unlike a differently abled person. It takes a nice person to side with Ann Coulter, don't you think?

          November 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber1892

      To elaborate, a Dr. who would dx someone as a sociopath, believes it is nurture. Where as a Dr. using the term psychopath, would believe the cause to be nature. I thought the only difference was a theory of cause.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. edward

    YES.....YES.....YES.......each time I look at Obama and his wife I get that way! @#%@#$@#%$@#%$%@#$

    November 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      He's going to be the president for the next four years, edward, because he was elected by the American people, fair and square.

      Deal with it.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • jamessavik

        His margins were razor thin. He was elected because he was loved. he was elected because all the republicans could offer up was a stiff.

        November 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
        • barbraS

          This bitterness you hold does not help this country that you say you love so much. Adjust your attitude and get on board or get out.

          November 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Amber1892

    I am disappointed at CNN. This guy brings nothing new to the table. Dr. Hare created the Phychopathy checklist, and I truly believe, Dr. Hare would consider this type of somerasation to be reckless. He is just paraphrasing Snake in Suites, and Without Consciense you can not get even a general clue about someone by those few questions, it takes someone very trained and a long time to invest to administer the checklist. One thing that Dr. Hare stressed in his books was not to go around dx'ing people, which is what the host is implying. It is a very involved process with room for error, especially if administered incorrectly like what was just displayed. The idea of a spectrum is no more new to psychopathy than it is to autism. Very sad and and disappointing to have this guy come and slaughter Dr. Hare's work with one lame interview.

    November 10, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • ConfucianScholar

      Amber, CNN is not a scientific journal nor one in economics or even a historical source. CNN is nothing more than a collection of highly popularized (read: dumbed down) reports tailored to the average dimwit. I read in horror the CNN reports on the Japanese nuclear crisis last year. Every single report was botched and cited wrong scientific or engineering principles. CNN economic reports are usually ridiculous as they draw inane conclusions from insufficient data too. This is just a place to come and monitor what is informing the plebs and the dimwits.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Amber1892


        November 10, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • GAW

        And journalists think that know everything because they are journalists. They think they are God's gift to the world.

        November 10, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. Flamingo Kid

    CAsey Anthony is a psychopath. SO is her momma.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  19. JP

    I have encountered several psychopathic individuals and one thing I've noticed is that they all have people around them who help cover up their antisocial behavior and/or try to discredit anyone who might expose them. Whether it's parents of a psychopathic son who don't want their family name tainted and parenting scrutinized, or board members who are beholden to a psychopathic CEO. These supporters are the pits. By shamelessly running interference for the psychopath, they help them victimize others, sometimes repeatedly, to the point that I have to wonder about their own psych profiles. The good news is that it sometimes backfires and the "protectors" end up being bitten by the snake they previously cozied up to.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      BTW, I have one quibble with this article. The author says not all psychopaths are violent. I think it's more accurate to say not all psychopaths are "physically violent" because all psychopaths seem to inflict various degrees of psychological violence and aggression against their targets.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • SDragongm

        It all depends on what you consider violence. In every situation in life, there is a person with the upper hand. It's the nature of the world. What one person considers a psychologically violent action, another may consider a valid means to an end. Perspective defines the rest.

        November 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Dino

    I wonder how many psychopaths could be "cured" if the quest for money and power could be removed from the equation. We could all become self-independent farmers then food would be the currency. At least food has real value.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • SDragongm

      Changing one form of currency to another means very little. The desire for power transcends money. Get rid of money and go to a barter system and people will just horde food instead of cash. Trade food for what they desire, and in cases where someone has no food, use food to control that person. It really makes no difference at all.

      November 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatisNorMaL?

      The psychopath would then manipulate the farmer to have control of his bounty. The psychopath is adaptable to his or her current environment or situation, thus their ability to survive the worst situations...unlike cockroaches.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  21. Mike

    He's describing every Republican I know – most of them are financially successful, but rather ruthless and lacking in sympathy and empathy. They are not the warm and fuzzy type.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • cc

      and your a brain dead morron.....how about everyone stop with the insults and idiotic comments already the election is over now

      November 10, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • tomLI

        Ah, but the battle is NOT. The GOP machine will grind on under the piloting of Rove and the Koch Bros, et al. They dont share our reality, and they deem themselves Masters Of The Universe – psychopaths.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
        • Darkmatter

          And George Soros is a saint? He's calling the shots, not Obama. You should really pay attention to what you're buying into.

          November 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • firehawk17

        well not to be a instigator of any kind but I can see what he means about the Republican comment.. the way Republicans are marketed to the masses they dont have much empathy about the struggles of the poor or middle class.. Although i will agree his wording may have been harsh lol. but claiming a party is mostly a dividing tactic. Pay attention to a person's politics..out of 2 evils one evil is better lol But i wouldnt deem Republicans as psychopaths because logic has to say Dems would have to be too.. they have no empathy for the Rich.. Which why should they from a financial standpoint.. nonetheless the characteristic of the lack of empathy is still there so they are same people with very few differences toward the same goal.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        You mean like calling someone a brain dead moron? At least Mike was generalizing. Unlike you.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      All politicians are rich regardless of their party affiliation

      November 10, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • August Green

      OMG give it a rest already!

      November 10, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  22. IronGhost

    A good example of a psychopath and a psychopath spectrum person would be the tv show "REVOLUTION". The leader of the MONROE MILITIA (Sebastian Monroe) is a full blown psychopath, his former best friend Sgt. Miles is someone in the psychopath spectrum, his niece comments "where is the uncle miles that was driving me around in his car singing all goofy to songs on the radio?" his answer to her was "Uncle Miles isn't who is needed here, Sgt. Miles, USMC is who is needed". Uncle miles while running the militia as General Miles tortured, killed, and even setup the brainwashing physical abuse programs for the conscription of teenagers into the militia before he realized the horror he was spreading.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • tomLI

      Gee I wonder if they were scripted that way...after all its a TV show!

      And a stupid one too. Electricity is not magic, and there is no talisman that can stop its production. All that shows does is make dumb people more dumb. Its a conspiracy theorists wet-dream...where someone can control all of the planets electricyt.

      BTW, where did all the skilled archers, and swordsman and necessary blacksmiths come from? Dumbest TV show ever!

      November 10, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  23. palintwit

    Every bagger and birther is a psycho. They need to fence in every trailer park in the country to keep these animals contained.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  24. DD

    LOL. Everyone of us left are psychopathic in some way or another. It's called survival.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Nearwater

      DD- I think you do not understand what a psychopath is. Most people are actually decent and normal. You sound however like a person who would lie or cheat just to "survive". Do you live in a jungle or something?

      November 10, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Al C

        I think you are taking DD's comments to the extreme. I don't conclude that DD is someone who cheats or lies just to survive.

        November 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
      • firehawk17

        if a person needs to survive.. lying and cheating are tools to continue to survive. In a world where that isnt necessary its obviously wrong, but if life as we know it changed dramatically that left us having our civilized way of living eradicated then its all about survival of the fittest.. gotta view both sides of the coin

        November 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      A functioning psychopath is an oxymoron....Like a big shrimp.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
      • firehawk17

        not at all... functional psychopath makes perfect sense.. just how some people are functional alcoholics or addicts. psychopaths doesnt equal violence.. most CEO's and politicians and entrepreneurs are psychopaths.. they have to be. usually very cold, shrewd , callous, ...very focused dont mind using others for gain.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
      • ReadUpSome

        Then you obviously don't know what a psychopath is... Most con artists are psychopaths. And many are quite functional.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. kevinsmicrohomestead

    I to was raised in the house of a psychopath . Did not know it was that at the time . My father has a long colorfull history10 children none of which speak to him at least 3 ex wives . Has lived a parasitic life and drained many bank accounts not belonging to him. In and out of jail for fraud and thinks he's John Wayne . Life was never dull we lived on the go 48 states 13 schools growing up.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  26. Nearwater

    My husband is a psychopath. It took our 4th marriage counselor (in 14 years) 4 sessions to determine what my husband is. He refused to treat my husband and continues to treat me for post traumatic stress disorder. Many psychologists will not treat psychopaths because they will never change. My husband has a high IQ, is very charming, very good looking and has a high profile job. He also has not an ounce of empathy in him and is a pathological liar. He exist to have his ego stroked and will do anything...absolutely anything to feel superior. I also think 2% out of 100 is low.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Makes you wonder why the previous marriage counselors didn't pick up on it. My sense is many professionals are very slow to make that assessment, perhaps to cover their behinds, but that doesn't exactly help the person the psychopath is victimizing. Also, there should be a greater effort by the psych community to raise awareness about the attributes that psychopaths have, i.e. the red flags to look out for. Good luck.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • slaphammer

      Yawn. Looks like the field of shrinks needed a boost in advertising. Figures. So a few years back, everyone had ADD. Thus, the new ADD is psychopath? And what happened to the stepping stone of being a sociopath? If the faux discipline of head-shrinking really wants to get the most mileage out of the scare-tactics/advertising, they should peak too quick with psychopath. Pace yourself, boys and girls. There are plenty of the dependent types, like NearWater, that aren’t able to cope with reality. Plenty to go around. And, by her admission, you don’t even have to peg the diagnosis on the 1st try. You can really milk this b.s. for fees. Congrats. Helluva marketing plan.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        Ignore the jerk Nearwater and it's not your husband to whom I'm referring.

        November 10, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  27. Cachila

    If you were a porno star and you farted during a scene, you'd become a psychopath too.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • DJT

      Sounds like Cluster B farts are the worst. I'll keep you in prayer hon.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  28. lancet98

    Just one tiny problem. There is no diagnosis in the DSM-IVr as 'psychopath'.

    It is, like many other words,a 'cultural word', not a diagnosis.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • lancet98

      Also – what he is talking about, is not a personality disorder, but normal, socially sanctioned behavior. The key to the abnormal personality is that it is disruptive, clinically diagnosable(in other words, isn't just a 'style' or adaptation to corporate BS, but is actually a mental disorder), and highly detrimental to the individual and those around him.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Shooting Sunset

      In the DSM-IV it's 'antisocial personality disorder,' a full-fledged Axis II personality disorder.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Pete

        That's sociopathy, not psycopathy.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
        • Jason Sundheim

          Same thing.

          November 10, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  29. Cachila

    Where is the beef? This article is so naked, it begs to be dressed or not published. Does CNN actually pays people for this rubbish? This is scatology at its best.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Zinia

      Friend, this is CNN Radio Soundwaves... it is an AUDIO article...an interview...meant to be LISTENED to.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  30. mariner II

    Romney has to be and he should be registered asap. He has switched his positions more than the satellites in the heavens. No surprise here, the GOP is full of psychopaths. They all garvitate towards politics where they can create the most destructive force using the least amount of personal resources. That probably is a good working definition of the critters.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • laodegan

      Romney lost. Get over it.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Took the words out of my mouth, more or less. How do you feel about that, on a scale of 0 to 3?

      November 10, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      You sound like a psychopath.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  31. Cachila

    Dr. Jim: It takes one to know one. Transplants are a possible solution to micropenisitis. Have you considered one?

    November 10, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  32. movarth

    I'm not a psychopath I'm enslaved by mind control.
    A U.S. citizen, enslaved by (most likely) the U.S. government.

    Give me my freedom.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Cachila

      You should move to Canada

      November 10, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
      • movarth

        Do you really expect the US government to free me because I am a Canadian citizen?
        I'm going to move to the other side of the planet, but that isn't going to work out very well because they control every aspect of my life.

        I will probably die here, enslaved, in America.
        I won't even be able to commit suicide, or if so, it will be murder at the hands of the US government.

        November 10, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
        • Matt Parks

          Why do so many Americans think someone can just 'move' to Canada? That's called illegal immigration.... You have to apply, have the proper education and credentials, and wait, potentially years, to gain entry into Canada legally to live and work....

          November 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
        • movarth

          Not to mention I have been forced to commit a crime by the US government.
          Your government, I find it hard to call something "mine" that enslaves me.

          November 10, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • DJT

      Psychology is not mind control. We all seek to live in harmony, community of a United People. That balances out the hate in this world. If that bothers you, set yourself free from your own chains. No one is forcing you to be bound by intolerance.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
      • movarth

        That is the most useless response I have ever received, thank you.

        November 10, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
        • DJT

          Its not too late hon. The time has come to UNITE. You're welcome dear. 😉 lol.

          November 10, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Cachila

      We, the Gov't control everything. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. Unless you use aluminium foil, of course.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • movarth

        I would like to be able to laugh at your post, but it's real.

        November 10, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  33. Andrew

    Lots of psychopaths up in CNN comments section since the election and fox news comments shut down.

    November 10, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  34. Alex

    This article doesn't sound like it is talking about true, actual, verritable psychopaths. And it is too short. There needs to be more information.

    November 10, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      It isn't and article to give you all the information. If you open your eyes and assimilate what your looking at you would see it is their radio show, ( cnnradio ). They even add a link at the bottom of the page for you to listen to the full interview. How does America get by with this huge percentage of ignorance.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Zinia

      Maybe you should actually listen to the interview before commenting, Alex.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  35. ***

    even if you can't tell who they are by looking at them, i think kids should be warned that they are out there. parents too.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  36. bill

    wouldn't it be something to find out who all the psychopaths are and put them all in their own community with no interaction with anyone else. it would be like a whole new branch of government

    November 10, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • LOLatyour

      I believe Hitler tried that once ... also happened during the Salem witch trials ...now cry psycho and watch people burn at the stake right ?

      November 10, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  37. DJT

    Here are the facts:
    1. Psychopath/Sociopath are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing. They fall in the category of cluster B – Personality disorders, and such is NOT a Psychological disorder. Psychopath/Sociopath's are branched up into two parts. A. – Those who do not possess a conscience, due to missing or damaged temporal lobes, & B. – Those who have a conscience & constantly choose to ignore it for selfish gain.
    2. Psychotic = Is not a personality disorder, it is a mental disorder as instilled by re-occurring or ongoing periods of psychosis. These types have delusions that interfere with their conscience. Making it hard to balance out what was right & what was wrong.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • DJT

      P.S. – Don't Google for the answers.
      The Psychopathy Checklist stands corrected. Read your DSM-IV-TR about the difference between personality disorders & psychological disorders & you will see how the news media & google search are partially in error when name dropping the words, psychopath/sociopath & psychotic on the wrong individuals.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
      • DJT

        Lastly, Psychopathy may not be a diagnosis, but "anti-social personality disorder" is, as well as other personality disorders, including psychological disorders which can all be found in "Dr. Hare's Psychopathy checklist", which backs up everything in DSM-IV-TR. Although "Psychopathy/Sociopathy are misnomers and not promoted by the department as proper terms anymore and even though DSM-IV does not use the term psychopathy as proper diagnosis terminology, It is still very much used by professionals in both Psychiatry & Clinical & Forensic Psychology, when diagnosing people of dangerous mental & personality disorders.

        November 10, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
        • jarrett622

          Thank you for that clarification. It's a lot to remember. I've forgotten so much of it.

          November 10, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
        • HalluxSinister

          The people who wrote and the people who use the DSM-IV TR themselves suffer from a mental disorder that interferes with their objectivity, and calls into question the validity of anything they say, especially in borderline cases.

          Although it was not accepted into the DSM-IV TR, or the upcoming sequel, DSM-V, it nevertheless is very real. I call it DSMphoria.

          This is a condition that causes clinicians in the "mental health" professions to classify every aberration in thought or behavior from some imagined normality to be a disease or disorder. The straining to figure out what condition they can pretend a patient has to justify loading him or her up with chemicals and compounds causes them eventually to see things, (psychiatric illnesses) even when they're NOT THERE. It is similar in effect to methods of torture in which a torturer breaks the tortured by insisting he or she admit to something that is patently and obviously false.

          The disease manifests initially during the education of the "mental health" professional, when they are made aware that their grades in classes, G.P.A., and ultimately their ability to get jobs will hinge on their ability to make gallon after gallon of mental-health diagnosis stew out of less than one, dubious 'signs and symptoms' oyster.

          The course of the disease varies, but generally there is a breakdown of common sense and of resistance to what is obviously, absurdly, even hilariously false in the mind of the afflicted, causing that person to be able to believe that anything signifies whatever it's convenient to have it signify.

          The condition known as DSMphoria may also be called Diagnostic and Statistical Mania, there is no real distinction between these terms, but in common usage, DSMphoria tends to manifest itself in a dejected affect, and willingness to label anything a psychiatric problem when pressed, whereas Diagnostic and Statistical Mania is usually taken to refer to clinicians who actively seek people to label with the various, often made-up terms that have for decades propped up an entire industry of mostly frauds and charlatans.

          November 10, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
        • DJT

          HalluxSinister, I never said "Psychiatry" was honest. Let's not get all excited over something that doesn't matter to you, or am I reading you incorrectly? It seems that you might be able to provide more resources for this DSMphoria condition, besides your own opinion. I'm curious, do they have medication for DSMphoria, cause it seems you know too much about the condition of whatever that is. I'm guessing it's a psychological disorder, rather than a personality disorder from the sounds of it. Lol. But then again, you sound like you're here to win. I promise, I will crown you the winner, when you provide more information. You know what, The voices are telling me that you are the winner. You don't need meds, cause meds don't usually solve cluster B issues. All I can do is say congratulations! HalluxSinister, you are the winner. Take a bow.

          November 10, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kad

      The clarification was needed. Thank you.

      November 10, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  38. James A.

    I guess most of the people in politics are psychopaths. The Tea Party members that see no problem pushing the entire global economy over a fiscal cliff must be some of the ones that possess the “full package”. Yes? No?

    November 10, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • true

      Thats the truth man. Explains why politicians are greedy rich liars who climb in bed with banks, bomb innocent brown people and rob taxpayers of every last cent while they live a life on vacation and luxury.

      November 10, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • macuy

      TED Speaker mentions your point of view here:


      you are welcome!

      November 10, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Shooting Sunset

      There is a proposed 'authoritarian personality disorder' that isn't in the DSM yet but has been researched for decades (start by googling 'authoritarian, Altemeyer.' The classification is divided into leaders and followers. The characteristics of the leaders are pretty darned close to those of antisocial personality disorder. There is a high correlation between authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism, and there have been a number of authoritarian leaders in government and religion.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  39. freeslash

    What is the difference between a sociopath and psychopath.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sane Person

      A sociopath is functioning and non-violent, while a psychopath is violent.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck

        Actually, a sociopath is well aware of right and wrong but does not care. To the psychopath, right and wrong simply do not exist.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
        • wendles

          Are you thinking of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers........? perfect specimens

          November 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
        • DJT

          1. Psychopath/Sociopath are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing. They fall in the category of cluster B – Personality disorders, and such is NOT a Psychological disorder. Psychopath/Sociopath's are branched up into two parts. A. – Those who do not possess a conscience, due to missing or damaged temporal lobes, & B. – Those who have a conscience & constantly choose to ignore it for selfish gain.
          2. Psychotic = Is not a personality disorder, it is a mental disorder as instilled by re-occurring or ongoing periods of psychosis. These types have delusions that interfere with their conscience. Making it hard to balance out what was right & what was wrong.

          November 10, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
        • Dieyoung

          Chuck is correct. Both behaviors have pretty much the same meaning. Both behaviors are violent, anti-social, and manipulative behaviors. A person with either mental behavior can be violent. Sociopaths tend to have a lower intelligence than Psychopaths, but that is still debatable.

          November 10, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • freddy

      holy smokes if we wanted to we can al get along quit sling the bull just respond

      November 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou Cypher

      About $275/mo if a democrat is in office, and about $70 otherwise.

      November 10, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  40. Chris Kempf

    I live the country on a fairly deserted road generally used by industrial vehicles. Unfortunately, less than human people dump unwanted critters out along this road and most of them perish in miserable ways. One of these critters was an adolescent pitt bull who followed me home while I was doing the afternoon walk thing. He was a tad frightening.., a small but super muscular 66 lbs. He seemed to have chosen me and he's been around ever since. Maybe he is the psychopath.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou Cypher

      Sir, you have permission to shoot those people in the head whenever you see them.
      I will donate to your PayPal account if you get low on ammo.

      November 10, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  41. Sam

    I worked for a female psychopath the last 12 months that I was employed at Microsoft. The experience was horrible, but in the end, it was the best thing that ever happened to me and all concerned got what they deserved. After all the suffering she put me through, I ended up with a way better job at a better company, a higher salary and, most importantly, much smarter and better people. She's still at Microsoft, standing on the deck with the rest of the companies horrible managers as the company takes on water and sinks. It couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch. Thanks, A., you tried to destroy me, but in the end, you just destroyed yourself.

    November 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • myself

      you sound like a girl

      November 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • massms

        Sam can be a sobriquet for Samantha, a female name.

        November 10, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • troy

      I agree. Very girly sounding.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JetCity

      Reading your comment was a little jarring to me – I had the same experience at MS, and the same outcome. My boss' name did not start with A, but she is also still there. I've never experienced so much personal misery in my life during that unfortunate year. Many of the managers and directors have that personality type – I've never seen anything like it.

      November 10, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mag

      Agree psychopaths, when tolerated in the workplace are often beginning of the end for an organization. I've worked with one nearly two decades now. Have spent a lot of that time trying to protect our customers and other employees from the toxic effects. But I'm getting tired and feel I may have to move on soon. That's one of the great 'talents' of the psychopath – wearing others down until they give up and leave. In short, I have found nothing benevolent or wise about psychopaths. To learn more about them, look up "narcisstic personality disorder" – in my opinion that's the term in psychiatry that comes closest to who they are and how they operate.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  42. Travelsinacab

    Going to be featured on cnn.com and decide not to shave? Psychopath.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecil559

      I guess it would take one to know one.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  43. JimmyPage

    Do you own a pitbull: you are a psychopath. Do you dive 80 in a school zone because it takes too long otherwise: you are a psychopath. Do you care more about your lawn than the kids waiting for the schoolbus and you are a teacher: you are a psychopath. Do you get mad that a 4 year old is driving his bicycle on the sidewalk where you are walking: you are a psychopath. For more hints, ask any normal person. There is an epidemic.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Houston

      Now I know who it is out there who is out to get me...its that evil looking Dutton!

      November 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robyn

      So all the police men, therapy workers, drug agents and soldiers that have pit bulls as police dogs, therapy dogs, drug sniffing dogs and military dogs are psychopaths? Do your research. People who abuse, neglect or train dogs to fight are psychopaths. Saying that pitbull owners are psychopaths is a despicable comment and I can only hope you will educate yourself and become less ignorant someday.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Weix

        I always thought that pitbulls were just ghetto puppies and the people than own them were wannabes.

        November 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
        • Shanghighed

          And that's what you get for trying to think, or be funny.
          Leave the witty comments to those with wit.

          November 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      We have a pit bull at the shelter where I work (she was a starving rescue) and she is a wonderful, gentle dog. According to historical research, they used to be babysitters. On yahoo news, there were old photos of them with their little charges from the first part of the last century. They were known for not letting any harm come to children. In our time, people have perverted them to fight, starving them and mistreating them.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Caesar Dogkicker

        Pitbulls as baby-sitters?

        You thug-dog apologists really are fecking delusional.

        Pitbulls were bred for bull-baiting, not taking care of toddlers. When bull-baiting - torturing a bull by setting dogs on it to sink their teeth into its nose and throat and pull it to the ground - fell out of style, pitbulls were set to work in the dog-fighting pits, to tear each other to pieces for the amusement of the ancestors of fools like Linda.

        Pitbulls are bred - genetically hardwired - to fight other creatures, ignoring the usual canine signs of submission that evolution created to prevent wolves, wild dogs and healthy domestic dog breeds from maiming and killing their companions.

        Pitbulls are an abomination, a crime against nature.

        Delusional shite-brains like Linda should be put in prison if they are stupid enough to trust a pitbull as a "babysitter."

        November 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
        • Square InTheEye

          Wow....attack mode. There must be something in pill form for that type of thing.

          November 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Open your eyes

        My sis has a pitbull, lovable family pet, jumps in my lap when I'm in the big chair when visiting, gives me a facial. Her son gave him to her because he was chewing her furniture when a puppy. Even tho he's a pet he is still capable of going into a genetic attack mode. It would be foolish to leave a child alone in a rm with him. Pychopathic people are born that way, they can't change, have no remorse or empathy. Early signs in childhood are cruelty to animals + humans, lying + stealing, lack of feeling to others pain. Sociopaths are similar but have shortlived sadness for their livestyle. If you are in a relationship with a pychopath or sociopath get out of it as quickly as possible before you are mentally damaged or physically harmed.You can't fix them.

        November 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shanghighed

      Do you arbitrarily categorize large swaths of people as psychos as opposed to understanding them or looking at them with compassion? You may be an ass.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • JimmyPage

        Douchebag psychos don't change their ways, its always the rest of the people that are the problem.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  44. DeeCee10000

    I've always wondered why I liked the Miranda Priestly character so much in the Devil Wears Prada. . . .I'm just kidding.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Uncle Baire

    Make fun if you wish. However, this is a very serious matter. I know first hand the damage a psychopath leaves in his/her wake.

    I had a roommate who was a (my therapist words)Narcissistic, Nihilistic Sociopath. In my case, my roommate tried to destroy me to become me. He tried to keep me from getting a job by calling the place that was considering me and spun a web a lies worthy of any non-fiction writer. What drove him nuts was a got hired anyway. I didn't find this out until I moved out. I always found that he had poison friends against me. He had a brother-in-law who was a therapist who was just as bad.

    My roommate was a skilled manipulator. Because he was attractive, his insanity held a great deal of credence. Let's face it, in this culture, your face is your passport in this society. He and his brother-in-law, who seemed to be under his spell, tried to take my possessions, my job, my dignity and most of all my sanity.

    I'll admit, it is difficult to see the truth about a person like this because they are very friendly, personable and charming. However, they have no character, no integrity, absolutely no sense of fair play and most of all no conscience. They can and will do anything to get what they want. It is almost as if they are fearless. They take responsibility for nothing they do or say. They live for mind games and they play them extremely well. It must be awful to live your life completely dead inside. Your life is lived emulating the emotions of others, seeing what effect it has and acting out that emotion as if it is your own.

    I had that roommate some 33 years ago and am still affected, in some ways, by the damaged he caused. As I look back in retrospect, he was the biggest coward I have ever encountered. He was superior at manipulating others to do his bidding.

    Make Jokes! Laugh! But until you have been in the cluthes of one, you will know, it is not a laughing matter....

    November 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • john winslow

      Psychotic is not a mental illness, but a personality. It is not a fault, it is a charateristic. Out of the 6 million psychos in the US, only a small percentage commit crimes. The crimes the commit may be horrendous due to the fact they don't have the same empathy level you might have, but most psycho's just do their thing, go home, and sleep thru the night. They make excellent business leaders (layoffs never concern them) and leaders in medicine and technology and military leaders. In fact, i would proffer a guess that most of the leadership in this country is psychotic, just due to the nature of the job, and the fact that someone who is not psychotic would be driven crazy by the concerns. Finally, since psychos make up 2% of the country, for every 100 people you know, at least 2 of them were psychotic....

      November 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • baloney

        "Psychotic" is not the same as psychopathic. They are different diagnoses.

        November 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wrong terminology

        "Psychotic" refers to hallucinations and delustions, a break from reality. "Psychopathy" refers to the lack of empathy and hysteria. I don't know what "psychos" are, but I'm guessing you're refering to "psychopaths".

        November 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
        • U

          Psychopathy is not a diagnosis. Look it up in the DSM-IV – it's not there.

          November 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
        • Reading Comprehension

          I didn't say Psychopathy was a diagnosis.

          November 10, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Easy E

      I hear ya. I'm married to a literal psychopath. I fell in love with the funny, witty, charming "side" of the woman, but it turns out most of that charm is just an act- call it a life lesson learned a bit late. Psychopaths literally do not have a conscience, so it is very dangerous getting involved with one. On the plus side, very quickly with the psychopath you either wise up fast or you get destroyed. I've learned more about the reality of human nature in 5 years than in the 30 years prior. But, yeah, not exactly a "fullfilling" relationship to understate it a little.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rob

    Sadly, the author of the book was duped by his own father. Clearly he loved his psychopathic father which has disabled him from seeing/accepting that his father did not love him. In other words, intellectually, he understands that his father was a psychopath, however, due to his own emotions, he is blinded from seeing the truth.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jon

    Fact: People who ridicule people on the internet clearly have self-esteem issues and feel safe enough to say anything they want to others online because they know that people can't find them in real life. Those types of people clearly are trying to compensate for their inadequacies in the real world on the computer......they might also be psychopaths.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparkle

      Pot calling the kettle black, aren't we?

      November 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • thislittlepiggywentweeweewee

      Compensating for inadequacies is psychopathic? Stay away from intellectual ideas. Too much for you.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ginny

    The success of psychopaths is achieved by bulldozed those around them without any concern for how those actions effect others. These people suck and the world be a better place without them, good thing a lot of them commit suicide when they don't get their way, the sooner the better. Wackaloons.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginny


      November 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      I totally agree with you Ginny... they might be somewhat gifted in areas but the truama they can inflict on others pretty much cancels it out.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      -1 for using "effect" instead of "affect."
      +1000 for "wackaloons."

      November 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimmyPage

      EXACTLY. Please punch a psychopath in the mouth if there is no witness and you can get away with it. Feels good.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • JimmyPage

        And the picture of this guy, metro sexual psychopath. I shouldn't judge by looks but he needs someone to help him. Be a man dude.

        November 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jason D

    I dont think I'm a Psychopath.....and neither do I!

    November 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jermain

      We agree.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJT

      The "We Agree" below is correct, because "Psychopaths/Sociopaths" <- Same thing ) are fully aware of what they are doing. You would be a Psychotic, but you're not since you're fully aware of your other "I".

      November 10, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  50. J.R

    There are a lot of differences in sociopaths, psychopaths and people classified as normal. Sociopaths and psychopaths need to be tested in a way that measures their brain activity and body responses to stimuli and situations that would under normal circumstances induce an emotional response in non-psychopathic or non-sociopathic subjects. You can't just survey them. I would pass it every time. I guarantee that.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  51. CJ Simpson

    Sounds like a great story for a new novel!

    November 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Aaron

    Guy in the picture looks like he comes to a lot of conclusions without testing his hypotheses. (i.e; he looks like a tool)

    November 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeksiVitez

      Dude... your comment is probably the stupidest, classless troll of a comment that I have ever read. Hurry! I think your KKK meeting is about to start. KKK? Well, you both judge people via on-the-fly glances.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael R

      The irony of your statement is incredible...

      November 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bif

      I agree, he does look like a tool

      November 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • imnotatool

      Sociopaths and psychopaths are everywhere among us . . . why, I myself could be a psychopath pretending that I'm not . . . or the other way around. I'm actually not, however, I don't think. We've all most probably had interactions with one or the other at some point in our lives. And then there are all ther other "disorders" along with them. I'm getting a disroder thinking about it all . . . I ithink I'm one of those "tools" that were mentioned above. Being a tool isn't half bad at all. I just hope I'm not a psyche-challenged one.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Bipartisan77

    Fact: Many psychopaths, although convinced otherwise, will be going to hell. Of course, their narcissistic, egomaniacal, self-centerd universe convinces them such a place doesn't exist. It does, and they'll find out soon enough.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ac130u

      Fact: you have no Facts on the after life.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • TheNinthChevron

        ac130u...that made me laugh like crazy. Kudos to you.

        November 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheNinthChevron

      You my friend, are completely wrong. There is no Hell and there never has been. Religion is a means to control the masses through fear and discipline. Does that mean you can't believe it? No, not at all, in fact I encourage people to believe whatever they would like - as long as it doesn't infringe on somebody else's life and makes YOURS better. However, what I do not encourage is for other people to decide what happens to somebody else after they die, when in fact you do not know yourself. Why is it that all of Christianity has caused 6 million deaths when Jesus states in John 16:2-3 "the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God." He then goes to say "And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me." Did he not also say to love your enemies, and to not pass judgement onto anyone else? Your statement is ironic for your supposed "beliefs." If you're going to preach it, actually believe it, and don't go against what it is you supposedly stand for.


      November 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      why do people who believe in hell always seem so overjoyed that "other people" will be going there? certainly jesus would not gloat about "sinners" going to hell. that's the difference btwn him and his followers...jesus dined with the sinners, modern christian say they are going to hell and laugh about it.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • TheNinthChevron

        That's exactly my problem with religion! They are so far from what Jesus actually taught that it's honestly horrifying. They preach this and that when in reality, Jesus would want nothing to do with that. You don't see Buddhists saying that Buddha says this and then doing something completely against what he said. Their delusion is a sad, sad world.

        November 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gergle

        The last Christian died on the Cross.

        November 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • pburns

      What a waste of a life, worrying about things that don't exist. If you bothered studying the religion you claim to follow you would quickly learn that there is no hell.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • JimmyPage

        Hell is relying on Hope and receiving none. There has been Hell on earth many, many times, so don't say it doesn't exist, if you do, just wait, you'll see it when you least can tolerate it, thats a guarantee.

        November 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
        • TheNinthChevron

          That's completely different than an "afterlife" of eternal pain and damnation.

          November 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeksiVitez

      Hell is a direct result of stupid actions we take or horrifying events that occur in our lives. Your hell is a make believe place that all of your enemies will go to. It is a cowardly and childish way of coping with others in the world. ie- He or she will pay when they die and God avenges ME!! ME ME ME ME ME

      November 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan04101Ryan H

      That has to be the dumbest thing I heard all day, thanks for making me feel just a tad bit dumber.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • refugeek

      I wouldn't be so sure that they're all going straight to hell. Psychopaths are BORN without a conscience. It's mostly genetic. They are born spiritually blind. They are blind to the nature of good and evil. They just can't see it. You have to truly understand the nature of good and evil before you can commit a mortal sin, and end up in hell.

      God knows that psychopaths are born spiritually blind, and I think he takes that into account.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • john winslow

      idiot....god is a psycho...who else could watch a child die of cancer he created? Who else could flood the earth? Who else could burn down two cities for gay sex? Psycho's aren't bad...we're god's earthbound judgement police..

      November 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • troy

      Please don't use "fact" and "hell" in the same sentance ever again or else your are going to hell. Jesus said it.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DontTryIt38

      You've got it wrong Bi. Psychopaths don't decide how their brain will be wired, they're born that way. If God judges them he may well use a different standard than he uses on you, because you were blessed with being "normal". Some folks have greater obstacles to overcome, I would imagine that's why God doesn't condone us judging others – we don't know their internal handicaps, we're unqualified to judge.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  54. maria

    "The only normal people are the ones I don't know very well. " I forgot who said this, but it's true.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeksiVitez

      Excellent, Maria! From an old bartender, I have to agree with you 100%!!

      November 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  55. debbie

    I'm convinced I'm the only sane person I've met

    November 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      That probably makes you a psychopath

      November 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  56. edmundburkeson

    This discussion makes light of a condition for which there is a very low cure rate. People who are incapable of empathizing with others are not easy or fun to be around not to mention dangerous. They victimize others and take advantage of them believing all along that they are completely justified in their actions, blaming others for their own actions.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ac130u

      I don't care what you think or feel this is funny. O no.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • schuylerryan

      your thinking of sociopath

      November 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Don Canard

    he needs to open up the permissions on those webpages, I get 403 on both

    November 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Frank

    Soundcloud or any other wacky proprietary player isn't happening guys. Just post the article.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  59. cluettr

    I dated a female sociopath.

    The term psychopath is being misused in this article. It's the Media's spin on a serious topic. It's been well established that the term psychopath is no longer used to reference those of a non-violent nature. However, the line between a psychopath and a sociopath is very thin.

    This article hits home because of what I dealt with. I wanted to chime in only to tell people how serious this is. Having no conscience enables an individual to do many things and wreak havoc in the lives of those with a conscience. In fact those are the people sociopaths seek out. I generally consider myself bright and well educated. It took me a year to figure it out and reveal all that had been going on. From experience these people's lives are entirely consumed by getting away with what they can get away with and managing their lies and deceit. Believe it or not they cannot help it nor is there any medication or psychotherapy to fix it. The only tidbit I'll give you of my experience is to say she was living a double life and hiding a very socially unaccepted practice. She kept everyone oblivious and when I confronted her about it, with evidence she turned the tables painting my as a lunatic. It was effective and it worked. She was able to keep the secret hidden. You cannot fight these people. You cannot win. When identified run as fast as you can. Get knowledgeable on the topic. Why? If you're a good egg with a generous nature and good heart you are the exact person she is targeting. Those traits enable him/her to get what it is they are after.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      I agree, people that never dealt with them have NOIDEA of the wake of destruction those individuals leave behind.....no idea, and I hope they never will......

      November 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      You have been a victim of "gaslighting", it's a common tactic psychopaths use on their victims......and you are right, you cannot win, if you have a conscience that will always be your disadvantage...and they know it and will use it against you.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • judgeorjury

        yes, gas-lighting. You know what you speak of!

        November 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheri hill

      Hi there,

      Yes, I can relate and it is good advice to run fast and far if you cross paths with one. I have attracted two in my life. What a disaster and they take everything from you without you knowing what the hell just hit you. Glad that people are becoming aware of this subject and the people that have this disorder. I feel for anyone who has had involvement with one. Know the signs and how to spot them and it will keep you safe from their destruction.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • DeeCee10000

        Wouldn't it be weird if everyone here accusing certain other people of being sociopaths are actually sociopaths trying to convince the world that the person(s) they are f**cing with are mentally unstable? I know it probably isn't the case but it was weird thinking about it anyway. . . carry on.

        November 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • refugeek

      I don't think Dutton is misusing the term. From Wikipedia –

      "Hare writes that the difference between sociopathy and psychopathy may "reflect the user's views on the origins and determinates of the disorder." The term sociopathy may be preferred by sociologists that see the causes as due to social factors. The term psychopathy may be preferred by psychologists who see the causes as due to a combination of psychological, genetic, and environmental factors."

      Considering that psychopathy is mostly genetic, I think Dutton is correct in using the term. Environmental factors are important for triggering the condition though. Here's a fascinating story of a neuroscientist who discovered that he has the genes and brain structure of a psychopath, but because he had a good childhood he never actually became one – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127888976

      November 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • psych05

      I was in an immoral relationship with a psychopath. Was tricked into falling in love with him. You think you know them, but ya don't. It was a poisonous and secretive relationship that I quickly become okay with, but I am kind of glad I am out of it. He really ripped my heart right out of me...I was used, and I fell right into their trap.
      My mother is also one. I fear I have learned some of her bad habits through childhood. I've been called a psychopath and sociopath by family...I realize they are partially joking, but only partially. Maybe that's why I chose a psychopath for a relationship... Mother like daughter?

      November 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Tyler Moody

    Hi everyone, sorry the links to the psychopath questionnaires went down. Thanks for letting us know. Hopefully we can get them back into the story.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  61. b11

    This is stupid. Why can't everyone just take a very in depth neuropsychiatric exam that details exactly all aspects of their personality. I mean, what this guy is talking about is really stupid, how could you possibly diagnose someone, as this or that, just through a biased perception, misperception, or opinion. Wouldn't it be better to stay focused on one's own personal problems, instead of hating other people who may just very well be very successful, at doing stuff. Why hate talented people. Granted, there are many people out there, that I've worked with, that think they know stuff, and truly information manipulators that are really psychopaths.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • b11

      By the way, the guy on the photo, clearly looks, sounds, and acts like a conn artist psychopath..

      I wonder does he have a real degree?

      Does he even know what he's talking about?

      Or does he / is he lying for a living?

      these genetic traits, are well genetic. Maybe that's why he knows so much about psychopathy, possibly is one?????

      November 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • b11

      Is this a B.S. person talking, or MSc, or PhD?

      No Dr. huh?

      November 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • captnavenger

      Trust me when I say that there are those of us who can spot sociopaths/psychopaths a mile away. You learn how by living with one or two of them for a number of years, and this is the hard part - surviving it.

      I, myself, had two of them as major people in my life at one time. One was a girl I dated for nearly four years. She was amazingly manipulative, and without conscience. She was incredibly good at disguising that fact, and her behavior. She was so persuasive in her charms that she could tell you on one hand exactly what sort of person she was, and have you begging her for her affections the next day. Affections that simply did not exist, but which she could fake in enough measure to string a person along. Her life was a serious of increasingly riskier behaviors acted out in an attempt to feel something.

      I could go on and on about what she did and got away with, me all the time a dumb kid who eagerly came back for more. But maybe where she is and what she is doing now will give you a better idea of who she is. Thanks to social media and very nosey mutual friends, I happen to know something of what her life is like now.

      Somewhere along the way, she married a very successful, very wealthy, but very homely and morbidly obese dude. This is a girl who can get good looking guys easy, but she chooses an unattractive man whose health is seriously in question. He paid for her to go back to a very expensive top college. He took her from an industrial town to a beach house in Malibu. He buys her luxury cars and pedigreed dogs. While he is off on business, she is cruising bars all the way up the coast to San Francisco, her iPhone logging her in at every stop, as if she is flaunting it. She sends posts out at 2:00 AM from night clubs while this guy is somewhere overseas, sweating to keep her in furs. Every time you see this dude, he looks fatter, sicker, and closer to death.

      You think this is a joke. It is not. I remember years ago, well after we broke up, slowly coming to terms with what this girl really was. Thinking back on everything, and everything I had learned about sociopaths in school. The understanding slowly dawning on me. That if I had not been a poor boy, whose money was easily drained, causing her to get bored and wander off, that I might be dead now. It was some 15 years ago that I predicted that one day we would find out she had had a rich husband, and he had died. Imagine how surreal it was to learn that this is just how things are turning out for her.

      I'll leave you with something that happened shortly after she and I first met. We were in high school. Her father had had a heart attack, though he had survived (and is still around today). One day she started "crying." Really bad crocodile tears. Though any yeoman could tell her tears were fake, I wanted to think the best of her because I was in love with her. I tried to console her. I asked her what was wrong. She brought up her dad's heart attack. I told her I understood. I had grown up without my dad around.

      "You don't understand," she told me. "If he dies, who will buy me clothes?"

      November 10, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  62. Dr. JM

    I'm sorry, but this guy's photo leads me to believe that he does indeed have some serious mental problems himself. To be so oblivious to such an overtly pretentious ensemble of hair, glasses, and outfit colors indicates that he seems himself quite differently than others. In my professional opinion he is narcissistic and delusional and based on my knowledge of hundreds of client's with similar traits he most likely suffers from micropenis.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

      I am in psychology and I've had one boss told me once that it is not REsearch, but MEsearch.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • This is awesome

      A paranoid person might think this very article guiding us to take a psychopathy test is really just a ruse to covertly trace the IP addresses of a large chunk of the psychopaths, sociopaths and generally dangerous personlaity-type people. THEY're getting desperate you know........... um.......... sleep tight! Gotta go!

      November 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rekenstrana's Homunculus

      Ah, come on...he looks like George Costanza with a soap opera wig.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  63. KJ

    Just like all sociopaths are not serial killers....it simply implies these people lack empathy..which is what keeps most of us from killing others...it's a fascinating science....

    November 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. mannydanny34

    I know someone – a former friend – who I'm pretty sure is a psychopath. Smart, charming, a real lady-killer, very manipulative, and with no conscience what-so-ever. He seems to view life as a game where he gets' off on manipulating people. He's always the life of the party, but always arrives late and leaves early, always leaving you wanting more. Very calculated. I was one of his two best men at his wedding. Yet I feel like I've never had an honest, unguarded moment with him. He "threw me under the bus" a few times at work – that was shocking and painful. I often think, "I could NEVER do what he does", but he has no remorse. No coincidence that he's doing VERY well for himself on but Business side of a large Investment Bank.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • annw

      Yes, definitely sounds like one!

      November 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ole Dad

      Are you really friends with Romney? George Dubya? I couldn't talk to them and not bring it up if I were you.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Freud

    Candy bar impulsivity test is "Marshmellow Test" as it's come to be known...

    November 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. FVCK U

    "Psychopath" + gas chamber = psychopath in gas chamber = world a better place.

    Liquidate every prisoner and may evil be eradicated in America.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      A nice fantasy, but the fact that you say that so easily without the worry about even once being wrong...well, lets just say that at this point, we are all a little psychopathic I guess.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ole Dad

      Every Prisoner? You are the Psycho. Suppose you or a family member got taken in for excessive speeding? Suppose you said that last month before the latest prisoner was exonerated from death row? Whats your problem?
      (All rhetorical, I expect no sense from you)

      November 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  67. DrunkenSailor

    Defining this guys version of the term, "Psychopath" at the top of this article might have made it worth something other than as an ad for your site. (-2 journalistic fundamentals)

    November 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. refugeek

    As a Christian, I have found answers to many of the questions that used to make me an atheist – but I haven't found an answer to why God would create psychopaths – people with zero empathy. Psychopaths seem like soulless people – spiritually undead. Can a psychopath truly have a relationship with God?

    Fearlessness is one of the most powerful forces. It's like a big knife. It can be used for good or evil. In order for psychopaths to do good, they must function within a framework. Dutton mentioned surgery, business, and the military. Those are unreliable frameworks because they could crumble at any time – and then what? It's like building your house upon the sand. The good thing about having a spiritual framework is that it's not dependent on earthly things.

    The full title of Dutton's book is "The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success." Does that mean a saint can be a psychopath? I'm going to have to get the book now.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      My psychopath has every redeeming qualities in life to make it into heaven. I pray for my fictional Dexter to be forgiven and for protecting mothers and their children. Maybe Dexter will be a Saint one day. But the world needs to know that Jeff Lindsay stole him from me and bragged about it in 1997. Dexter has been mine since 1973.
      Anyone who kills in Dexters name should be shamed into a bottomless pit of guilt.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Sadly, a psychopath is someone who can manipulate people to get what they want using some of their dearest beliefs as tools against them... That is why every church views almost every other church as false prophets (profits) In the end your faith in God should be an ongoing relationship with you and God... because, if someone trying to guide you, their sight might be blurred with money an power issues..

      November 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • refugeek

        You sound a bit lost, and my heart goes out to you. I've found that the blurriest sight is my own. Without structure and guidance I am lost. I've tried various religions and various churches and, despite its considerable flaws, the Catholic Church truly feels like a home. You should sit in on some RCIA sessions sometime. Don't listen to those who demonize the Church. Throw away your preconceptions. Try it for yourself.

        November 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly

      you need to go back to being an athiest....God is Imaginary.... see the website and you will have your answer....

      November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • refugeek

        God is imaginary only when you don't see any purpose or direction in the universe. There is purpose in the universe. When you're in sync with the universe life flows gracefully, and you generate positive energy. When you're out of sync you bang your head, stub your toe, and you generate negative energy. It's a dance. God is lord of the dance.

        If, as an atheist, you find ever yourself metaphorically banging your head and stubbing your toe on everything, then start looking into the nature of positive energy. It will be your first foray into the supernatural. You could start by looking into the Buddhist view of consciousness.

        November 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry Allen

      Psychopaths seek success where they can. They're very opportunistic. That includes finding ways to milk believers and those who hunger for salvation. Elmer Gantry, staring Burt Lancaster, is a great film that skillfully portrayed such a psychopath.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  69. COME ON

    If you're a "psychopath," you need to be lined up against a wall and lobotomized with a .45.

    It's as easy as that.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      Not all psychopaths are bad. My creation of Dexter is an example.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Rupert Mulroney

    The test links do not work. This doesn't say anything about psychopathy but it says reams about competence.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Tatiana Covington

    Psychopathy is a great path for life!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Kandy Kane


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  73. baloney

    This portrayal of psychopaths is disturbing.

    The author stresses how “successful” psychopaths can be, but he never discusses how profoundly damaging exposure to psychopaths is.

    There seems to be a concerted effort underway to convince the public that psychopaths can be “pro-social.” In the history of mankind, psychopaths have never been anything but destructive.

    A review of the literature indicates that psychopaths are responsible for a disproportionate percentage of violent criminals, white-collar crime, spousal abuse, workplace bullying, child sexual abuse, destructive mind games, and just about every antisocial behavior that can make life hell. Psychopaths don’t care about anyone but themselves and they abuse people for the fun of it – they’re bored otherwise. What they enjoy most is manipulating people – convincing people of big fat lies.

    Sure, a psychopath seems charming, until he or she has destroyed your life.

    This is a glib portrayal of psychopaths - makes me wonder about the author.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      Couldn't agree more, glad to see some voices of reason in here!
      Feeling bad for them is completely out of place and even more, dangerous to society.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      Although I created a psychopath at an early age I am glad that I did not turn out to be one.
      In my case if people were just more understanding and nicer then perhaps with the help of empathy the world would be a nicer place. The psychotic nature is prevalent in our internation dealings with other nations. Perhaps we need to screen out any and all people of all races and sexes to deny employment when acting as a diplomat and such.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • baloney

        “Psychotic” is a different diagnosis than “psychopath.” Extending empathy to a psychopath is a waste of energy. Psychopaths consider empathic people to be weak and will use your empathy against you.

        November 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
        • inachu

          Yes I know they know empathy is a waste of energy but I do know some people are not psychotic but use elements of it to their own advatage as if simulating psychopathy.

          November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkinabq

      I am currently listening to the book. And I agree, the book looks at the success of the psychopath but not the destruction they leave in their wake. The fact that psychopaths do well in business as CEOs does not bode well for workers, as we are seeing today. Their down fall will come when the rest of us are sucked dry and have nothing else to give.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  74. jaybee

    you, probably, know one...my ex-brother-in-law, the almighty pediatric neurosurgeon in Indy is one and it is SCARY stuff...makes your skin crawl...even the speech pattern and voice is creepy

    November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  75. biglio

    look psychopaths are not a light topic, I'm appalled that it's been treated as such.
    read this article to get an idea or just google around on victims of psychopaths forums
    http ://ww w.officer.com/article/10233107/the-sexual-sadist

    November 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Chris

    Michael... STFU and let your guest speak. pretentious ASS

    November 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  77. inachu

    At a very young age of 6 back in 1973 I created my first character in my head to keep me sane from my fathers abusive beatings. The beatings were very severe and because of those beatings I never really did good in life.

    But by age 14 I turned my character into a serial killer and I looked up to my ficticious character as the best father figure that my real father lacked.
    Then by 1997 I shared my serial killer online and it was Jeff Lindsay who I met online who bragged that he was going to take my life long character away from me.
    My psychopath serial killer is mine and has always been mine. I am tempted to become my creation out of spire for Jeff Lindsay and teach him a lesson about stealing someones life character. It is akin to abducting someones child and bragging about it.
    I need a public apology by Jeff Lindsay for taking my character.

    Oh and Jeff Lindsay and I did not name him Dexter. It was some fan of Dexter Laboratory who named him after the cartoon.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Termoyl

      Oooohh, that's not only scary but thoroughly convincing as well.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • inachu

        I'd give anything to reverse time and stop my fathers beatings but then there never would be a Dexter tv show.
        To think the above is also very sad but at least this stolen character of mine is telling a small part of my life even though Jeff Lindsay made up about 90% of Dexter as pure trash. But he did get one thing right about Dexter. He is a protecter of women and children and he does not care going to hell for what ever reason just as long a child was not hurt/abused.

        November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  78. ha ha ha

    hmm. the links to the psychopathy questionnaire don't seem to work. now i won't be able to tell the victims locked in my basement just where I rank...

    November 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Threwforth

    I actually just finished the book; it's fascinating. It's one of the few books I've read that really gives you a sense of how alien it would be to get inside someone else's head. It becomes obvious when someone is high on the psychopathic spectrum–there are tons of them in politics, if you can believe it.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  80. EvikJames

    I really enjoyed this profile. I was very familiar with most of the information, but it was great actually hearing it instead of reading it.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  81. angryersmell

    Psychopaths, and the awful situations they thrive in, are not welcome in my neighborhood.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  82. biglio

    I had dealt with a psychopath once, the evil associated with this person is so deep it's really mind altering and an experience so excruciating that I don't wish it on anyone.
    I read a definition once of a relationship with a psychopath:
    "The relationship of inevitable harm"
    that really sums it up for me, some can harm you more then others (to the point of killing you) but ALL are harmful and will leave you with some kind of scars if protracted for too long, some scars will never heal.
    I think they are simply of a different breed from the normal people (even if normality is a relative concept of course) and don't have a place in our society, or have a place only if they are not allowed to harm anyone (like in jail), they have no conscience, no moral and no compassion, they are predators, a relic of our genetic past as predators and as such reason only in terms of dominance of someone, the weaker the better so it makes their job easier, exactly like animal predators, that target the weak (like children, women, the old, people down on their luck......they become child abusers, women batterers, con men, criminals).
    they are dangerous and have zero use in civilized society, they are the predators among us since we don't have any more to deal with our natural animal predators, we killed or contained all of the dangerous ones and we should do so with psychopaths, I have zero doubt about it and zero compassion toward them, I really think our society would be thousands time better without them, the damage they do and did, especially when they are highly functioning ones and get in positions of power is not worth the perceived benefit of not harming them, because they will never "return the favor". Think about Hitler, Stalin, Milosevic, Pol Pot and a quantity of CEOs and politicians that got there because they are ruthless and not hampered by conscience......think the serial killers Bundy Dhamer, Ray Parker, all of them, enjoying inflicting pain on people for the sake of dominance over someone else. This book is dangerous if it gives an idea you can deal with this people, you cannot more than you can deal with a tiger thinking it loves you and will never harm you....if one day it thinks that you look tasty it will eat you and never have a regret.....we should deal with them the same way we deal with ferocious animals, no more no less.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver

      biglio, I experienced something very similar to what you must have experienced and I came away from it with the same conclusions once I was able to fathom why this person did what he did, repeatedly, over a couple of years of my employing him. When things went his way, everything was fine. When I started to detect falsehood in his claims and actions he began to evade and make soothing promises. As more problems ensued, I suspected he was a pathological liar but unfortunately for me I simply could not believe anyone would behave the way he did. Then I read about psychopaths from a CNN news story. As I researched the issue I realized this person's behaviour matched everything I read about psychopaths. Later on I discovered he had also tried to endanger my life by using misinformation. Never in my life's experience would I have expected a person to be so cold-blooded. It was even more chilling because I was kind and very decent to this person, both financially and personally. I suspect he tried to endanger my life out of spite because he made a serious business mistake due to his overstating his skills and his laziness; and realized it would cost him financially to compensate me for his fault.

      My research and other life experiences also tell me that psychopaths are not that rare and that they probably have socially disruptive brain function. They are social deviants because they prey on other people rather than work together with others for common good. They are completely self-absorbed and lack social conscience. They grab on to easy excuses to blame others for what they feel is their personal priority and gain. When you realize how many people actually have this dysfunction you come to understand better why there are so many intransigent problems in the world and why many of these potentially dangerous people have become so powerful, and sadly also, why so many normal people are so oblivious to the malice of such psychopaths.

      Psychopaths do what they do because it is simply in their nature to do so. They really do not think. They are like robots with malicious programming.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wrong

        Silver, first and formost, psychopaths are anything but robots. They are methodical thinkers that tend to stick to a plan. Are you sure you did 'research'? They plan and plan and evaluate. Spiteful and lazy are far from the defining points of a typical psychopath, much less concern over wether his lies would be caught by you and have you expect financial recomp. Sounds to me like you just hired and a$$hat that truly didn't grasp the concept of just how serious you could have been 'hurt' in whatever this scenario was and was lacking in conscience, but not devoid of it. It also sounds to me like you don't do your homework very well because you are throwing contradictions around freely.

        November 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
        • Open your eyes

          They pick you out as their victim if you are vulnerable + not informed about these kind of predators.You're right ,they're cunning, everything is planned out by them from start to finish as you said. After toying with you they swat you in a corner like a cat preying on a mouse. They will leave you in total devastation, mentally+ emotionally, perhaps financially, and much more.People need to be totally educated + clued in during their school years so they choose healthier relationships in life +/or recognize if they have signs of personality disorders and seek help earlier in life.

          November 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go Deeper

      Biglio, many people people would take exception to your comment, "target the weak (like children, women, the old, people down on their luck". Women, children and the elderly are not of necessity "weak"... that is a bit of bias and chauvinism on your part. Age and gender don't determine strength, character does!! Neither are Psychopaths "strong". Being heartless, wily, manipulative and lacking conscience does not make one "strong", it makes one a good at lying and deceiving. Inside, these people are badly broken children who are only able to join the human race by pretending to be mature and living a fake, lie of a life. I understand that you were hurt, and I've been hurt in a relationship with a sociopath/psychopath as well. I just think your animal analogy is far far off. Please don't let the experience you had break YOU and take away your compassion and empathy for all people, including really sick ones like psychopaths...

      November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • biglio

        look, you are splitting hair here, children are weaker than adults, it's a fact, physically and mentally. As for psychopaths this is NOT a disease, it's a condition and it's genetic ) please read some clinical literature), they cannot be cured and they don't become psychopaths because of life experiences, you are mixing apples and oranges, I have the most compassion for broken people that come from broken homes and are mentally ill like the Colorado movie shooter, the Norwegian guy and the guy that shot Rep. Giffords, those are mentally ill people, psychopaths are not, they are wired differently, brain scans show that. It's clear from what you write you had no experience with them and I hope you never will, close association with a psychopath will simply destroy your life, that is their ultimate goal, complete mastery over another human being, that is their drive, their goal in life, period. I pity them but to me they are insects, animals, as much I would justify a tiger that ate my son I wouldn't have any problem killing it and I wouldn't have any problem in containing it so to not put her in a situation of harming others. Psychopaths know full well the difference between good and evil, they just don't care, it's the difference why in criminal cases mentally ill people get more lenient sentences and psychopaths don't. Please inform yourself or you are exactly the kind of person that a psycho could prey on, it will simply use your compassion as leverage to get whatever it wants from you (I'm mentally ill, please help me, had a terrible childhood, maybe all false just to get your compassion and use you, you have no idea to which extent they will go, read some forums of victims of psychos, it's an eye opener). Psychopaths ARE like animals, no conscience whatsoever, they are a genetic relic from our past that unfortunately still shows its ugly head.

        November 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Soukhadarha Angelique

    Psychologist is no psychiatrist. Psychopathies are not for psychologists to do anything with unless directed by a psychiatrist. The reason being that the latter is physician responsible partly for personal and public safety and the others are not, even with a ph.d. So don't mix things up especially when money-making impressions are involved.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Psychiatrists do not direct psychologists, and you better believe that the latter has a responsibility for public safety as well. The only thing you understood correctly was that a psychiatrist is a physician.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mikoid

    I just about went apesh*t when I discovered that I had to register to take the test. Needless to say I didn't register... What does that say about me?

    November 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obamabus

      I see you went with the one-question test. Congrats!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • curious

      I was 403 forbidden from accessing the test. Does that mean that Dutton is a psychopath?

      November 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  85. myself

    You always see psychopaths pictured as killers and whatnot on tv but the truth is they are everywhere and they don't kill people anymore than anyone else does.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      not true, a disproportionate number of killers and almost all sadists and rapists are psychopaths.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • inachu

      My serial killer Dexter prefers to really protect the innocent and just kill other serial killers. Dexter has been with me since 1973 and Jeff Lindsay is a liar and fraud. Split multiple personalities are a possible outcome for Dexter.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  86. The Man

    Total ripoff of the book The Psychopath Test. Nothing original about this. Already been done.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Congrats you're an idiot

    Sorry to say, Elvis, but you've confused psychotic disorders (e.g., Schizophrenia) with being a psychopath. Nice attempt at humor though, troll.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jay

    I think many time people confuse psychopaths with people that kill others. Not necessarily so. Yes, some killers are psychopaths, but not all psychopaths are killers. You could be married to a psychopath. They show little or shallow emotions, lack guilt, and are egocentric.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Andy

    Kept trying the test and kept getting "Service Temporarily Unavailable", I remained calm, so I guess I'm NOT a psychopath.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  90. veggiedude

    Just about any registered Republican will register high on the spectrum.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nona

      Kiss ny .......

      November 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • darth_saget

      Untrue – I only scored a 16 🙂

      November 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nona

      Kiss my ....

      either that, or get your head out of your a x x

      November 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Douglas

      I had a look at the final electoral map. Blue states are mostly in the northeast Ivy League country, or in the technology heavy states out west. And then I look at the red states... Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama... "brain power" is not the first phrase that comes to mind.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Obama Still Sucks Dogcock

        Blue locales like "Ivy League" Newark, NJ...

        Gotta love how liberals dress up their petty bigotry and plain old racism in "intellectual" trappings.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
        • Mike Buck

          Dr. Hare also has a category that is labeled "Corporate Psychopaths." Wall Street types that enjoy taking what others have just for the sheer joy of screwing someone over. You however (OSSD) are a of different type. The top ten most educated states in America voted for Obama...the bottom ten voted for Romney. Let's try to figure out where you are from because you are a DUMBASS!

          November 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Anchorite

    This American Life did an episode on this and everyone took the psychopath test designed after surveys and questions of hundreds of psychopaths in prison. They all scored 0. You have to score about 20 out of 33 to be rated as one, and you your score should be determined by two actual psychiatrists independently. So, few people reading this article are qualified to define their bosses as psychopaths. Far more likely he or she is just an insecure jerk.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Elvis is alive

    Neither I, not the three other voices in my head believe I am a psychopath. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go polish my axe collection.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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