By Douglas E. Richards
Psychopaths are everywhere. Many are violent criminals but many more are not. In fact, most people are shocked to learn that 1% of us are psychopathic. That’s 1 out of 100! And while it’s true that 20% of our prison populations are comprised of psychopaths, the majority mingle freely among us. Think Bernie Madoff and Anthony Weiner, not just Hannibal Lecter. You can find them everywhere: in the office next door, at school, or while dating.
Experts use a tool called the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised to diagnose this condition, looking for evidence of certain telltale behaviors. First, psychopaths are narcissistic and absolutely selfish — without conscience, empathy, or remorse. They are cold-blooded, callous, and cool under pressure. But they can also be unbelievably charming and charismatic. Smooth talkers who are never embarrassed or self-conscious, they make brilliant liars, manipulators, and con-artists. Read the full story »