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Similar to the Sociopath, the Psychopathic Personality Disorder is more extreme. The psychopath’s extreme ego-centeredness is consistent with his shallow emotions, absence of empathy, and ongoing use of others by manipulating or forcing them to support him. His fear threshold is usually much higher than the average person and, as a result, appears very comfortable in stressful situations.
He certainly creates a great deal of stress for others. He may win an argument or walk away with someone else’s property simply because he was willing to push the issue to a greater degree than anyone else was willing to go. There are some instances when the psychopath’s lack of emotion is unnerving. When he commits murder, it is often cold blooded and for no reason. For many reasons, most labeled serial killers are expressing psychopathic personality disorder.
A pathological liar, the psychopathic personality disorder is focused on short-term, self-serving goals, and will do whatever is necessary to achieve them. If charisma fails to get him what he wants, he will quickly resort to violence. Because inflicting pain on others gives him pleasure, he does not hold back when delivering corporal punishment to his spouse, children or step-children.
Unable to control his behavior, criminal activity is almost unavoidable. If cornered, the feeling that he must escape will be intense, and he may make a desperate attempt in spite to the odds in getting away.
Although no psychiatric or psychological organization has sanctioned a diagnosis titled “psychopathy,” assessments of psychopathic characteristics are widely used in criminal justice settings and have important consequences for individuals. One clear distinction must be made here – psychopaths are not disoriented or out of touch with reality, nor do they experience delusions, hallucinations or intense subjective distress that causes most mental disorders. Psychopaths are very rational and very aware of what they are doing an why. Their behavior is the result of choice – their choice only.