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Do we have a psychopath in our midst?

26 February 2014, 08:23

Stumbled upon this yesterday - a journalist referenced it in an article that I read. Although I have not done the research to verify this questionnaire, our lying, stealing, forever in denial, giggling, tax stealing 'lots of expletives - fill in your favourites' gets full marks for a lot of these points.

Grandiose Self-Worth A grossly inflated view of one's abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.

Pathological Lying Can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.

Conning and Manipulativeness The use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from pathological lying in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one's victims.

Callousness and Lack of Empathy A lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.

Criminal Versatility A diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes.

Can we do anything about this though? Uhm.....No … Why not? I honestly don't know. All I have is my vote and my tax money. Which counts for nothing these days.

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