BY LOUISE LOGARTA
Psychopaths can initially charm and mimic kindness, like notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, but their true nature emerges over time, so recognizing these signs is crucial when dealing with them.
Cruelty, including joy in humiliating others and a history of animal abuse, are indicative signs of a psychopath, as seen in infamous figures like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy.
Another sign of psychopathic tendencies is an outward coldness or detachment, characterized by a lack of guilt, conscience, and empathy, often driven by their difficulty in experiencing complex emotions that might hinder their personal goals.
Beware of individuals prone to lying, as it's a psychopathic tendency characterized by their skill in manipulating others through distorted or outright false statements, with a focus on deceiving and controlling.
Psychopaths often struggle to follow rules due to a preference for the excitement of breaking them and a lack of concern for the distinction between right and wrong.
Psychopathy, stemming from ASPD, often leads to impulsivity, a lack of responsibility, and an inability to set realistic goals or plan for the future, as individuals with psychopathic tendencies may struggle with a sense of "time inefficacy," feeling stuck in the present.
While violence is often associated with psychopathy, it's crucial to note that not all psychopaths are violent; some, known as "successful psychopaths," excel in professional fields due to their ability to control impulses and utilize traits like manipulation and grandiosity in a nonviolent manner.