The Psychopath Checklist

The Psychopath Checklist

1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM — the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking, for example.

2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH — a grossly inflated view of one’s abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.

3. NEED FOR STIMULATION or PRONENESS TO BOREDOM — an excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low self-discipline in carrying tasks through to completion because they get bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time, for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.

4. PATHOLOGICAL LYING — can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.

5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS- the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one’s victims.

6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT — a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.

7. SHALLOW AFFECT — emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.

8. CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY — a lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.

9. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE — an intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low self-discipline, and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.

10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS — expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.

11. PROMISCUOUS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR — a variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits or conquests.

12. EARLY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS — a variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft, cheating, vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting, glue-sniffing, alcohol use, and running away from home.

13. LACK OF REALISTIC, LONG-TERM GOALS — an inability or persistent failure to develop and execute long-term plans and goals; a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in life.

14. IMPULSIVITY — the occurrence of behaviors that are unpremeditated and lack reflection or planning; inability to resist temptation, frustrations, and urges; a lack of deliberation without considering the consequences; foolhardy, rash, unpredictable, erratic, and reckless.

15. IRRESPONSIBILITY — repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such as not paying bills, defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work, being absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual agreements.

16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS — a failure to accept responsibility for one’s actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

17. MANY SHORT-TERM MARITAL RELATIONSHIPS — a lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life, including marital.

18. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY — behavior problems between the ages of 13-18; mostly behaviors that are crimes or clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation, aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless tough-mindedness.

19. REVOCATION OF CONDITION RELEASE — a revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation, or failing to appear.

20. CRIMINAL VERSATILITY — a diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes.

© Hare, R. (1991) The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised. Toronto: Multi-Health Systems.

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3 thoughts on “The Psychopath Checklist

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  2. Olli Warelius says:

    Wow… I finally figured out what this site is all about. At first glance it looks so disconnected and bizarre, then as you begin to put together the pieces, it all makes sense. I understand why you might not want to tell your story, but I believe that the World needs to hear it. I will be having my publisher contact you. Please consider speaking out, others could greatly benefit from what you have to say.

  3. Lillian says:

    I have two adult children. My psychopath ex left without even saying goodbye and has not seen his daughter since he left. My son made contact with his father only to try and preempt his father from starting some legal procedures that would have seriously hurt both of our financial well beings, that turned into an invitation to partake in illicit drugs.
    The psycopathic ex has never been close to the kids, he often complained that I gave them too much attention or that having them had stopped him from truly enjoying his life like he should have been able to. I believe strongly the only reason he married me was to make his mom happy. They both pressured me to have children right away, I was only 20 and wanted to wait, but nope I found myself pregnant 4 months into the marriage! After I had a son I had fulfilled my duties!All gentleness or kindness faded away.
    He tortures me with email rants that range from tenderness to violence, still he refuses to fulfill any obligations that he might have, constantly insisting that he is doing all he can do at this time (while he enjoys drug binges and partying like it’s 1999). This is his normal behavior, stating that it is not his fault, that he is another victim of some diabolical plot, and he is working so hard to take care of everybody and that he is underappreciated, claiming to be sacrificially selfless.
    He also has a tendency to vicitimize the elderly, by offering to “help” them, as he runs off with their money which quicly disappears and is unrecoverable.
    He has a long-line of women to focus on, and take advantage of that will gladly accept anything he says as true. Why won’t he just leave me alone? I just want this to be over. I know I am missing parts of the story, it is just so complicated and convoluted, like everything that touches this man!

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