10 Signs You’re A Psychopath

10 Signs You’re A Psychopath


Not all psychopaths are criminals and not
all criminals are psychopaths. Psychopaths can be anyone from anywhere…
you could even be one without knowing. 10 Signs You’re A Psychopath NUMBER 10: GOING TO BED LATE Some news for all you ‘night owls’ out
there… you may be more likely to be a psychopath. A human’s natural sleeping and waking patterns
– known as ‘chronotypes’ – are largely determined by genetics, which is why some
of us feel more awake, intelligent and alert at certain times of the day. Our temperament is also largely influenced
by our genetic make-up. It is therefore not surprising that psychologists
have long associated individuals’ sleeping habits with specific personality traits, such
as introversion being more common in early risers. A 2013 study conducted at the University of
Western Sydney suggests that people who prefer to work and play later into the night are
more likely to possess the so-called ‘Dark Triad’ of psychological traits – psychopathy
[sy-kop-athee], narcissism, and manipulativeness. The study argued that this correlation could
be the result of criminal psychopaths from generations ago using the cover of darkness
to commit crimes. The genetic predisposition to both psychopathy
and late nights was then passed on to descendants today. NUMBER 9: LACK OF SHAME Do you have a tendency to blame others for
your problems instead of yourself? Well, psychologist Dr Hervey Cleckley, author
of The Mask of Sanity, argued that this is a common symptom of psychopathy and is one
of the ways that psychopaths demonstrate a lack of shame for their actions. Research carried out by Dr. Justin Campbell
and Dr. Jeff Elison tested this idea on a group of 286 college students (111 men and
175 women), of which 52 displayed psychopathic traits. They found that those who fell into the categorization
of ‘psychopaths’ adopted one of four responses when placed in a situation that ought to have
evoked feelings of shame: attack others, avoidance, attack self, or withdrawal. On the extreme end of the scale, one well-documented
psychopath – 1970s prolific serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy – is a prime example
of this. When he eventually confessed to his horrific
crimes, he did so in the third person, so as to avoid fully admitting responsibility
to himself. In a death row interview with psychologist
James Dobson, he also shifted blame onto the pornography industry for offering distorted
and violent representations of sexuality that had influenced his crimes. NUMBER 8: IMPULSIVITY Being a psychopath comes down to how your
brain functions and which parts of your brain are able to exert greater control over your
actions. This is most evident when you look at psychopaths’
tendency to exhibit impulsive behavior and ability to ignore potentially damaging long-term
consequences. This is because the part of the brain that
seeks immediate gratification of desires is able to overpower the section that seeks long-term
betterment. Psychologists have linked this impulsivity
to a number of personal and social problems common for psychopaths, in particular drug
and alcohol addiction, obesity, and excessive spending. Scientists from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee
have tested this link by giving volunteers a dose of amphetamine and scanning their brains
to see how much dopamine they release – i.e. the body’s immediate gratification hormone. Those with psychopathic traits released almost
four times the amount of dopamine in response, compared to those without the traits. NUMBER 7: EMPATHY One of the most famous traits of a psychopath
is a reduction in the ability to feel empathy. In 2013 the journal Psychology Today teamed
up with a Dutch forensic clinic to study what happens in the brain of those with and without
psychopathic traits. In a ‘normal’ brain, the somatosensory
cortex – the region involved in sensing touch – is activated when we see someone else being
touched on their skin. Similarly, when we witness another person
experiencing a certain emotion, the ‘emotion regions’ of the brain – the insula and cingulate
[singulate] cortices [cor-ti-seeze] – are activated. In other words, this study allowed scientists
to actually see empathy taking place. However, when the scientists looked at the
brains of individuals who had scored highly on the ‘psychopath test’, they observed
that the same regions of the brain were not being activated when tested with the same
stimuli. This suggests that psychopaths’ brains are
prohibiting them from feeling empathy like other people. NUMBER 6: GRANDIOSE SENSE OF SELF-WORTH Do you know anyone with an unrealistic sense
of superiority? Someone who regularly brags, condescends to
others and can be quite snobbish? Does that description apply to you? Of course not, you’re perfect (or so you
think). A grandiose sense of self-worth is a big,
red, flashing warning sign that you might be a psychopath. It is often associated with narcissistic personality
disorder and – according to research conducted by ‘Psych Central’ – is thought to occur
in about 6% of the global population, although it is more prevalent in males than females. Researchers at the University of Oxford assessed
a number of modern celebrities and historical figures using Robert Hare’s criteria of
psychopathy, including superiority complexes. New President-elect Donald Trump scored very
highly on the criteria, particularly if you look at his sense of self-worth. He actually scored the same as Nazi leader
Adolf Hitler on this, which is a bit worrying. But this is actually not all that surprising
for an ambitious businessman-now-politician, as psychopathy is often closely associated
with success. Hillary Clinton also scored highly, coming
between Napoleon and Emperor Nero, who famously murdered his own mother and first wife. NUMBER 5: SENSE OF SMELL In 2012 research conducted at Macquarie [ma-care-ee]
University in Australia discovered an interesting link between psychopathy and an individual’s
sense of smell. The study showed that people who struggled
to identify smells and tell the difference between scents were more likely to also score
highly on psychopathic traits. The explanation for this is that people with
psychopathic traits have impaired functioning in the front part of the brain, which is mainly
responsible for things like planning and impulse control but is also instrumental for a keen
sense of smell. In a similar vein, psychology researchers
at Innsbruck University in Austria revealed that those who tend to prefer bitter-tasting
foods and drinks, such as coffee or dark chocolate, are also more likely to be psychopaths. They discovered this connection by interviewing
1,000 people – predominantly students and prison inmates – and mapping their psychopathic
leanings against their consumption habits. Unlike the link between smell and psychopathy,
however, scientists are stumped as to why the correlation between an affinity for bitter
foods and being a psychopath is so strong. NUMBER 4: PROMISCUOUS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR Psychologists from the University of Alabama
have been looking into the phenomenon of ‘hypersexuality’, which causes an individual to have more sexual
partners than most people, take greater pleasure in casual sex, and to not necessarily need
an emotional attachment to a partner to enjoy sex. Hypersexuals can be anyone – any age, any
gender, any race. In fact, the researchers found that there’s
only one main factor that tends to link these individuals together. You guessed it… being a psychopath. If you look at Robert Hare’s list of criteria
for psychopathy, there are a number of different traits that contribute to psychopaths being
more likely to be hypersexuals. Psychopaths tend to be more charming – even
if it’s superficial charm. They are more emotionally shallow, as we looked
at during the section on empathy. They also prioritize satisfying short-term
urges rather than making long-term plans. Scientists from the University of North Carolina
offered a further insight into sex and the psychopath. They found in their research that 58% of psychopathic
individuals report using insincere flattery to achieve sex and 40% using exploitation
of a drunk person. Both these figures are more than double what
you would see for non-psychopathic people. NUMBER 3: PATHOLOGICAL LYING Pathological lying is a common symptom of
psychopathy, often used as a way of manipulating those around you to get what you want, avoiding
blame for wrongdoing, or just to alleviate boredom. Psychiatrist Dr. Cosmo Hallstrom said that
many psychopaths ‘live in a fantasy world’ that they try to convince others is real. For example, in 2016, a 19-year-old American
woman was accused by her own mother of being a ‘compulsive liar’, after she argued
that she was ‘pregnant with Jesus’, despite medically tests proving she is not actually
pregnant at all. Another extreme form of pathological lying,
which is seen more commonly in those with psychopathic traits than those without, is
Munchausen [moon-chau-zen] syndrome. Sufferers of Munchausen syndrome try to persuade
doctors that they are far more ill than they actually are, in some cases even faking a
serious medical condition. One doctor spoke anonymously about a patient
that had faked an HIV positive test by swapping his sample, and another that mixed some blood
with their urine to persuade doctors they had bleeding in the bladder. NUMBER 2: SPEECH PATTERNS If you want to spot a psychopath, maybe you
should pay close attention to how people speak. In 2011 a team of linguists analyzed the speech
patterns of 52 murderers, 14 of who were classified as ‘psychopaths’. Each participant was asked to describe their
crime in detail, with their stories recorded, transcribed and then run through a computer
program. The study revealed that psychopaths tend to
use more conjunctions – like ‘because’, ‘since’ and ‘as’ – in their speech. This implies that they are trying to justify
their actions, that they believed the murder they carried out ‘had to be done because
x, y, z’. Furthermore, the psychopaths used twice as
many words that related to physical needs like sex, food, or money, whereas the non-psychopathic
murderers used more words about social needs, i.e. family and religion. This nods to the difference between so-called
‘crimes of passion’ and those people predisposed to commit cold, calculated killings. NUMBER 1: CONTAGIOUS YAWNING Ever noticed how sometimes just hearing the
word ‘yawn’ is enough to trigger you to yawn. Have we just made you yawn right now? If not, it’s possible that that’s because
you’re a psychopath. The leading line of thought about the purpose
of yawning is that it helps to thermoregulate the brain. The idea that yawning is ‘contagious’
has been well documented, and it’s estimated to be the case for 60 to 70 percent of people. Dogs can even ‘catch’ yawns from humans. Psychopaths, however, seem to be immune to
this phenomenon. It is believed that this is because contagious
yawning is linked to empathy. When we see someone yawn, it triggers our
brain to respond in the same way that we mentioned back in Number 7 and this, in turn, triggers
a yawn. Because psychopaths don’t empathize in the
same way, this response doesn’t always occur. Similarly, individuals with autism who struggle
to interpret emotions are likely to be immune to contagious yawning.

100 comments

  1. Psychopathy is a semi rare disorder about 1% of the general population have psychopathy and every psychopath isn’t sadistic and you have to be 18 to get a diagnosis

  2. 1:48 "attack others, avoidance, attacking self or withdrawal." What is shame if it is not attacking yourself and withdrawing?

  3. I get mad and have thoughts of killing and hurting people I care about when things don't go my way and I don't get what I really want. And I hate cold blooded murder in vain and for petty shit. Is that psychotic enough for you?

  4. I swear i'm the last human being that says "your" or "you're" in stead of… ur

    Like wtf is the matter with your and you're thats so bad to the point that you need to say *ur*?

  5. i care if my friends cry but if it’s someone else i partly feel sad because rn i’m depressed but when i’m not depressed i couldn’t give one flying fuck

  6. I’m just here to do a check up I’ll edit this comment when I finish watching the video

    Edit: I…don’t think I’m insane…. ok I’ll put down the knife…

  7. The fact that we are watching this video probably means we aren't psychos…
    Unless we are self aware, and feel too bored to let things out…
    Or I am just a lazy fuck.

  8. One half are bitter old idiots calling everyone below the age of 18 edgy teens
    And the other half are teens that are ashamed of the actual edgy teens which makr like 0,01 percent

  9. I am a night owl, but also an empath that cannot stand seeing someone sad without wanting to make them feel better. So…
    I am not a psychopath. I hope.

  10. No one:
    Not even the fly:
    Not even tour sleep paralysis demon watching you sleep:
    10 signs that you a psychopath: CONTAGIOUS YAWNING

  11. Psychological bs. Psychologists don't know s***t. All these things are coping techniques. There is no "abnormal" behavior, just different ways to cope.

  12. Needles to say, I'm not some edgy teen that thinks that they're psychopaths. I just look at world painfully realisticly, and since I was a baby I had lack of humour, I don't like to smile much, I just rarely feel happy. Every joke someone makes about me, I take as an Insult. I never sleep, even when I want to sleep really bad, I still don't go to sleep. Since I got diagnosed with my genetic rare disease for people my age, It's really easy for me to manipulate my parents to let me stay at home without consequences. I'm a total liar, but If it comes to that, I can tell really awful truth. I have sympathy, just not on things you could imagine normal people eould have sympathy on. Sometimes Ithink that objects of sympathy for many people are just pathetic. I'm VERY impulsive and have anger issues. But that could be thanks to my father that always makes world war II in house. And well, I got temper afer him. I usually thought about this, and I think I could kill someone. More likely with a reason, than without it. I'm really rude and sarcastic.

  13. HEY!, all you youngsters out there, listen up ! does the word "PSYCHOPATH" seem like a realy big, scarey, word to you?, do you feel a shiver of fear running down your spine, or a pang of terror in your heart when you see, hear, or even think about that word?, are you worried that it might point to something dark or mysterious, or evil, deep down in your subconciousness? do you think that, maybe, you are a psychopath & you are worried sick about it ? then i have good news for you__ your DEFINATELY NOT ONE !!!!
    wanna know how i know?, its because a genuine, bona_fide, psychopath isn'trealy afraid of anything, so a real psychopath isn't afraid to be a psychopath. when they find out that they are one, they might think" oh well, that's me, i guess!" or they might think " wow!, i'm a psychopath!, thats fascinateing!!!" but they wouldn't think "what?!?!, i'm a psychopath?!?!, oh my god!!!, this is terrifying!!!!, i gotta make me an appointment with a shrink, right now !!!!!, oh my god, what am i going to do ?!?!?"
    so, if these are the sort of thoughts, that are running through your mind, right now, then relax!, chill out! because your not remotely like a psychopath!

  14. guys chill you are just going through a faze or a edgy teen every teen basically lies alot at a point and doesnt feel empathy its a phase yall smh

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    Well guys
    RUN
    Heh
    Ima tell my friends

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