Psychopaths

150_TedBundySmirksRoughly one in every 100 men (or 300 women) is a psychopath. Do you know one?
In the public imagination, a "psychopath" is a violent serial killer or an over-the-top movie villain, as one sometimes might suspect Frank to be. He is highly impulsive and has a callous disregard for the well-being of others that can be disquieting. But he is just as likely to be a next-door neighbor, a doctor, or an actor on TV—essentially no different from anyone else who holds these roles, except that Frank lacks the nagging little voice which so profoundly influences most of our lives. Frank has no conscience. And as much as we would like to think that people like him are a rare aberration, safely locked away, the truth is that they are more common than most would ever guess.

Psychopathology is explained in frightening detail at Damn Interesting. (Incidently, the "Frank" referred to in the quote was not pictured. This picture is of psychopath and serial killer Ted Bundy.) Link

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Sociopathy and Psychopathy are both different branches of Antisocial Personality disorder. They look very similar from a distance and tend to get mixed up.

* A Psychopath is someone who has no morals at all.
* A Sociopath is someone who has morals, but those morals are twisted.

Hitler is an example of a Sociopath.
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People who found both the Neatorama post, and the Damn Interesting post... interesting, may also want to look up "malignant narcissism".
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I once worked for a company that hired a sociopath as a vice president. He was exactly the kind of guy you'd want on your side, fighting for the company- totally ruthless and aggressive and the company did great. Then he invented a web of lies about me and abandoned the four of us who made up his core team to focus entirely on this new guy, who was like his puppy. I quit as soon as I got another job. Suddenly weird stories made sense, the multiple wives, the kids he didn't know, the companies he had a grudge against. The guy is still a sociopath, but burned too many bridges to be successful in the internet age where his reputation has been besmirched on f*****company.com, etc.

Total Libertarian, of course.
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