Dark Triad: An Outline of Psychopathy


Psychopathy is an anti-social personality disorder that is archetypal of misanthropic behaviour that distinguishes itself through a lack of empathy, an absence of contrition, and an unwavering audacity that typically frightens more than it soothes. Anti-Social Personality Disorder can be explained as a penetrating standard of ignorance and indifference as well as an invasion of others’ liberty. This pattern usually emerges in youth or early teens and carries on into maturity. Psychopathy is also, furthermore, one of the traits that form the Dark Triad, the other two being Narcissism and Machiavellianism. It is designated ‘Dark’ for its unethical connection to the crime, brutality, and corrupt use of stratagem.

Approximately 50 per cent of the gravest offences in the likes of homicides or sexual assault are perpetrated by psychopaths, and that will inevitably persist. As a rule of thumb, not all psychopaths are serial killers, but all serial killers are psychopaths. An individual who, before the age of 15, has shown disturbance in behaviour and possessed at minimum three of the ensuing behavioural traits is identified with an anti-social personality disorder: unwillingness to comply with societal norms, deception by fabrication and perjury, impetuousness, hostility and irritability, careless ignorance for their own and others’ safety, reckless, and remorseless. However, I shall draw a distinction here, on the one hand, psychopathy is a dispassionate and unemotional vacuum, whereas ASPD (anti-social personality disorder) is psychopathy with supplemental emotion.

As a synopsis, psychopathy is a kind of compound of character residue. A disorder that is an amalgam of numerous entwined constituents, with a variety of assorted dimensions such as the interpersonal, emotional, living, and unsociable elements.

The Psychopathic Essence, An Analysis

The Sports Car and The Flawless Facade

Imagine a high-end sports car that is simultaneously swift and menacing. That is much comparable to Psychopathy, the blade cuts both ways and it is inevitable. Psychopaths have an abnormal aptness of getting what they want from people, and they know how to wear a mask better than anyone you know as it is their method of shielding to mingle cordially with everyone else. One distinct commonality between all psychopaths is their exemplary capacity to disguise themselves as normal people, this excellent mask is the necessary camouflage for a stone-hearted beast to blend in with the common people, who are seen as mere inferiors in his eyes. This radical contrast between the facade and the actual reality is the reason why everyone is captivated by the psychopath, this ability of theirs to seem so innocuous around ordinary people.

Note: Psychopaths are more superior at reading people than you are at reading them. Their strong powers of judgement and intuition enable them to unearth the right people that they can employ for their own merit. Furthermore, they are astute persuaders as a consequence of their lack of emotions. They know the proper buttons to operate without feeling the heat, this is tremendously favourable.

Their facade utilises a charming and personable aura that serves as the ideal concealment. They exhilarate and enthral with their spellbinding presence, drawing people in, in the most nonchalant fashion. They understand thoroughly that one of the finest ways to handle people is to tell them what they want to hear, and how helping someone is the most effortless way to deceive them. Not to mention, a psychopath’s short-term sexual game plan is untarnished, since their traits exude a heightened alpha dominance that women fall on their knees for. I say in the short-term for the reason that long-term relationships are demanding for psychopaths, as emotion is not pertinent to them. As a consequence, their lack of attachment and emotion makes them inept to reciprocate intimacy in the long-term with a partner of the opposite sex, although they can use forgery to preserve intimacy should they desire to hold out the relationship. As a matter of fact, a Psychopath uttering “I love you” carries no emotional depth and from his point of view, it is as emotionless and idle as saying “I am going for a walk.” Verbal communication carries no poignant depth for the psychopath.

Sensory Mechanisms and Frequencies

Psychopaths do not get alarmed nor fearful, they do not mislay their calm demeanour and in the heat of an acute circumstance, they are uncommonly valiant, as their fear mechanism is not sensitised like most people’s. Human beings are antagonistic to risk, their survival instinct and fear mechanism holds them back from undertaking a dangerous state of affairs.

By way of illustration, if you were ever involved in a state of affairs where, for instance, you were on a plane with other unknown passengers, and in the most unforeseeable fashion, the plane undergoes turbulence and it is as if suddenly, everyone turns stiff and apprehensive to death. As you acknowledge this, you grow increasingly uneasy and tense. Well, there is a good chance you are responding to other people’s terror over anything. The mechanisms that steer your emotions are not oriented for contemporary living conditions. In the west, people are inherently overanxious and neurotic, their fear and emotional mechanisms have copious authority over their life. In contrast, a psychopath would not feel troubled if his house is burning down.

The Human Brain Waves

Besides, there are four brain frequencies, that differ from beta, alpha, theta, and delta. Beta indicates intervals of towering vigilance and awareness, Alpha signifies times of mental repose, tranquillity, and inventiveness. Theta signifies a contemplative state, recollection, and intuitiveness. Lastly, Delta denotes detachment and restorative deep sleep. Moreover, these waves impart how diverse periods in time alters brain frequency. What is absorbing here, though, is that for most people, theta waves are analogous with meditative and dozing states, whereas, for psychopaths, it is associated with their waking state as it transpires in their ordinary waking hours and even occasionally, during sexual arousal.

Lack of Feeling

Psychopaths have a shortage of understanding others, their lack of feeling renders them incapable of grasping other people’s emotional rationale. It is simply not possible for a psychopath to have any concern or importance in the battle of mankind, or calamity and delight. To put it straightforwardly, he is incapable and unconcerned simultaneously.

For that reason, it has been declared that a psychopath receives the words but not the music. The music here, signifying feeling. However, they can put on a facade, as I have stated, and dissimulate their comprehension to make up for their inadequacy. High IQ psychopaths are especially proficient in concealing this scarcity by putting on the most cogent and compassionate front that is perplexing to discern.

Cleckley interprets the psychopath as “an intelligent person, characterised by a poverty of emotions, the absence of a sense of shame, egocentricity, superficial charm, lack of guilt, lack of anxiety, immunity to punishment, unpredictability, irresponsibility, manipulativeness, and a transient interpersonal lifestyle.” 

High-Powered Traits

Fundamentally, though, the ultimate divergence that differentiates the psychopaths from ordinary people is their careless attitude towards other people’s judgement of them, they are utterly indifferent to what others think. This distinction is substantial as the ordinary person is so sensitive to the immediate surroundings, that it affects and determines his behaviour in various ways. On the other hand, the psychopath is impervious to it, it does not phase him in the slightest. In other words, psychopaths could not concern themselves any less with regard to how their conduct will be envisaged by the general public or the world at large, as they are downright indifferent to it.

The central qualities of the Psychopath can be abridged as extravagant self-worth, competence in persuasion, exterior superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse, and proficiency in cunning. If you ponder it, these are the very traits of politicians in power and that has imbued in it a precept. That is, psychopathy is not as a matter of course, synonymous with crime and brutality, it is as prevalent and customary in the aristocratic ranks where cunning and ruthlessness are requisites to sustain power. Reaching the heights of power is arduous, and you should understand that intelligence alone is inept, it is a competent constituent when it is amalgamated with other traits. Also, you ought to learn to utilise the ideal people by standing on their shoulders, as it were, while concurrently appealing to their self-concern and never to their futility. While psychopaths with a low intelligence quotient find themselves getting implicated in delinquency and lawbreaking, psychopaths with a high intelligence quotient inhabit the higher ranks, leveraging and taking advantage of their condition by becoming influential and powerful superiors.

Three highly beneficial and advantageous traits to possess, if you want to grow more influential and superior, are the strength of character, inquisitiveness, and insensitivity. Insensitivity, in particular, is a potent weapon to acquire in your ascendancy. For the reason, that insensitivity does not keep you awake at night trembling in terror and perpetually neurotic like your competitors. This is its remarkable aptitude, serene self-control and poise that is not interrupted by trivial or grave difficulties. For the psychopath, this is their default, unvarying condition as they are simply callous but for the ordinary person, this must be cultivated through objectivity and disengagement. Furthermore, you must not let your emotions have jurisdiction over your demeanour or decisions in the heat of the moment, for this will exhaust you mentally and bring rise to unnecessary apprehension that is of no utility to you. You exercise detachment through observing your sentiments but not letting them administer you, you simply watch them without identification.

Psychopathic Traits to Refine

Have Unwavering Boldness

Do not be reluctant of standing out of not fitting in with the rest of the crowd, beside the point of what other people think of you. Psychopaths have a steady and resolute frame that is grounded in boldness, they could not care less what others think of them, and you should not, either. I have always found it beguiling how we are more interested in ourselves than others but we merit other people’s opinion over our own. To embody unwavering self-control, you shall concern yourself more with your own opinion of yourself than with others. In the same light, most people are wrapped up in themselves, and thus their judgement of you should not be taken to heart and nor should you try to please them as that too is a consequence of concern.

Impose Robust Boundaries

Psychopaths have robust boundaries, their ruthless nature warrants this as well as their lack of remorse. If you do not know how to impose strong boundaries, people are going to walk over you every chance they get, chiefly if it appeals to their dividends. You ought to cultivate a higher self-concern and say ‘No’ when circumstance necessitates so as not to give people the opportunity to coerce you into a state of affairs that may lead to your undoing. Moreover, enemies pose as friends many a time merely to come to have what they want off of you. Comprehend this and know how to fence it accordingly without coming off as ill-mannered. It is not necessary to be discourteous to disentangle yourself from an undesirable case. Courtesy and discreetness are the ideal alternatives.

Learn Persuasion and Cunning

Psychopaths have a natural aptitude for coaxing people into doing what they want. This is a ramification of their immunity to the immediate warmth associated with talking someone into doing what you want. For a psychopath, it is quite like touching a heated pan without your hand getting to be sore. For that reason, you have to become competent in disconnecting your emotions from conduct and condition. That is to say, you unfasten the sentiment from the circumstance, and formulate your incentive so as to seem as if it is of service to them, and if they pass on it, they will be squandering a lucky chance. You encourage such gripping desire by making them feel honourable with respect to what you want them to do, reassuring them they will be better off. Building rapport with your recipient is substantial nonetheless, being in tune and adapting your words relevantly should be employed throughout to lower their resistance. To learn more with regards to cunning, read some of my other work under essay archive.

Don’t Take Things to Heart

Learn to not take offence or get upset over trivial matters, especially any sort of verbose which usually stems from bitterness or distaste. People have a propensity to ascribe particular motives to what people utter, and this is not often the case yet even if so, this is not your difficulty but theirs. If people bring up an allegation against you, do not let a passion unfold. Being theatrical in defending your position is not going to convince, it merely makes you look unconfident by means of seeking vindication through justification. You should, firstly, consider some inquiry, and form a picture of what your course of action would be if you were not so reactive. Secondly, consider also what your course of action would be if you were insensitive to other people’s verbose. This contemplation will make it evident to you that your sensitised response in the former holds you back from ruthless and assured action. And moreover, it will make it apparent to you that the course of action you formulated in the latter is more direct and self-regarding.

Do not get Troubled, Maintain your Cool

Psychopaths have a capacity to maintain their calm collected composure even in acute situations, they have a zero forbearance policy on worry, and it does not master them in the slightest, even under severe circumstances that may, in the ordinary individual, give rise to dreadful anxiety. Psychopaths, much like competent monks, possess a state of mind that is watchful yet present, giving neuroses no time to perpetuate their condition. In the same way, you should not be swift in reacting to the immediate situation at hand, stay unruffled and do not ever get flustered, it is fruitless. Getting flustered will not resolve any potential difficulty in view, and it will certainly not make the state of affairs any more advantageous. Let things unfold, for even if things do not go your way, maintaining your superior condition is laudable and people will regard you for it.

Irrational Confidence and Ruthlessness

Psychopaths possess almost unreasonable confidence that stems from their outrageous egocentricity but invariably, when it is coupled with their superficial charm, people find them hypnotic as they carry it in a daring fashion. There is a good reason why psychopaths find means to get what they want, it is their self-assurance and ruthlessness. Their self-concern is more important than other people’s sentiments and thus, whatever reaching their ends demand, they will do unapologetically in the most intrepid manner. You have to be assured of yourself, you need to have the nerve to go after what you want without apologia nor expression of regret. Unless you have imposed injury, you do not own anyone an apology, even if it may seem like you are bullied into it through mental masturbation, it is needless and makes you look inadequate. Stand up straight with strong posture, own your walk and have high regard for yourself. Your stateliness is the most valuable badge of honour, do not be careless with yourself. Embrace your virility and refrain from seeming timid, for it will make you look inferior without exception.

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