In the event you haven't taken an Introduction to Psychology course — or you did, but you slept through the whole thing like most people — don't you fret. We've got it covered! Before we jump into the riveting world of psychopathology, we'll first explain what exactly that is. As with most things in 2018, definitions have become skewed and it's pretty commonplace for people to use the word psychopath and crazy interchangeably (mostly when describing their girlfriends). While we do get a good laugh out of that, it's not doing anyone any favors. As defined by Psychology Today, psychopaths exhibit a few key characteristics that separate them from say, your basic high school bully.
These signs are pretty universal and in our opinion can be recognized in most Frat houses all over America. In that capacity, you might start thinking that everyone you meet is a psychopath. The trick is to remember that one or two of these characteristics isn't necessarily cause for alarm. It's when you start noticing a lot of them that perhaps it's time to switch desks at work.
"For us, caring is a largely emotion-driven enterprise. The brains of psychopaths have been found to have weak connections among the components of the brain’s emotional systems."
"Psychopaths show a pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love."
"Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.”
Inability to plan for the future
"Lack of realistic long-term goals and failure to follow any life plan."
"Psychopaths, and to a degree, sociopaths, show a lack of emotion, especially the social emotions, such as shame, guilt, and embarrassment."
"They blame others for events that are actually their fault. They may admit blame when forced into a corner, but these admissions are not accompanied by a sense of shame or remorse, and they have no power to change the sociopath’s future behavior.
"Psychopaths do not show a differential brain response to emotional terms over neutral terms that normal people do. They also have trouble understanding metaphors and abstract words."
"The PCL (psychology check list) describes sociopaths as possessing a grandiose sense of self worth.”
Narrowing of attention
"When normal people engage in a task we are able to alter our activity, or modulate our responses, depending on relevant peripheral information that appears after the task has begun. Psychopaths are specifically deficient in this ability."
Granted, if you've seen American Psycho with Christian Bale you already knew all of those things. However, we're not necessarily here today to talk about those signs. We're here to talk about some less obvious, even random things that are more likely to deem someone a psychopath. According to The Guardian:
"In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too."
Yep, you read that correctly, folks! Enjoying a little Blackstreet and Eminem (whose daughter is an absolute bombshell) in your spare time may just be a sign that you've got some inner-demons to contend with — you know, the psychopathic kind. The Guardian continued:
"The media portrays psychopaths as axe murderers and serial killers, but the reality is they are not obvious; they are not like The Joker in Batman. They might be working right next to you, and they blend in. They are like psychological dark matter,” said Pascal Wallisch who led the research."
Well, that's terrifying! Sure, we appreciate the reassurance that we won't be encountering any real life Jokers anytime soon, but, still! Really makes you question the people you sit next to everyday, huh?
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