There are many characteristics of a psychopath. They range from glibness to superficial charm with a grandiose sense of self worth. They are the type that need stimulation and are very prone to boredom. Psychopaths have a habit of being pathological liars and are conning and manipulative. They lack remorse or guilt and have a shallow affect. This includes being callous and lacking in sympathy towards others. They tend to live a parasitic lifestyle and have very poor behavior controls. Psychopaths have early behavior problems and are usually often fall into the perimeters of a juvenile delinquent. They are impulsive and irresponsible often failing to accept responsibility for their own actions. Lying, stealing, fighting and resisting authority are typical childhood signs. As they develop more into adolescents, they have an unusually aggressive sexual behavior. This can also accompany habits of using illicit drugs and excessive drinking. As they move on to adulthood, these kinds of behaviors continue with the addition of the inability to sustain consistent work performance or to function as a responsible parent. They fail to accept the social norms of society to lawful behavior. These individuals are also incapable of forming lasting relationships. They seem to have no enduring friendships and their children often become unattached. They are often unreliable and steal the trust of those around them with little regard for how they hurt the ones they leave behind. Psychopaths are unable to feel fear for themselves much less empathy for others. The threat of punishment is merely a laughing matter even when the punishment is severe. They can repeat the same destructive acts without blinking an eye, as well as continuation to seek thrill and danger without regard to the risks. These individuals tend to be more machine like than humans. Another trait that psychopaths often have is an extra sensory perception about others and the ability to pick out...
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