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What is a psychopath?

Joni Johnston
Psychology
"Psychopath" is the term used to describe a person who has certain personality traits associated with criminal behavior. These traits include callousness, a lack of empathy, irresponsibility, a lack of remorse or guilt about harming others, and the tendency to exploit, manipulate and engage in predatory behavior towards others. Psychopathic individuals view others as pawns to be used to gain whatever it is they want, and they seem to lack the moral brakes that would prevent most of us from hurting or manipulating others. One reason for this may be that recent research indicates that psychopathic individuals may be "emotionally blind" - not only do they have trouble recognizing fear and other emotions in others, they lack the capacity to feel genuine emotions themselves.

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