Psychopaths are EVERYWHERE

Psychopaths are everywhere. Many are violent criminals but many more are not. You can find them everywhere: in the office next door, at school, or while dating. They are EVERYWHERE.

A psychopath is defined as someone who inflicts pain, misery and sometimes death on others with no conscience or empathy. No one knows exactly what causes psychopathy. Psychopathy is also sometimes known as psychopathic personality disorder and is considered a mental illness. As with mental illness in general, there is no known cure for psychopathy.

In short, psychopaths are predators, and we are prey, and they feel as much compassion and empathy for others as wolves feel for sheep. They lie, manipulate, bully, and seduce to get what they want, caring nothing for those they trample in the process. Given these characteristics, it’s no wonder that even non-violent psychopaths leave a trail of shattered lives in their wakes. They are the unscrupulous coworker who plays the boss, takes credit for your work, and stabs you in the back with a smile. The charmer who moves in with a girlfriend, sucks her dry financially, and then cruelly spits her out and moves on. Emotionally leaves a person dead by mentally torturing them and then pretend to be victims.

So what can you do to identify a psychopath?

First, it’s important to understand how psychopaths operate, so you don’t think you’re imagining things when a charming, harmless-looking colleague acts in a more ruthless and unscrupulous manner than you could otherwise possibly imagine. And the more you know about yourself—your vulnerabilities and your potential value to whomever might attempt to use you—the better off you’ll be. Also, judge people by their actions, not their words. For example, does a romantic partner promise you riches while constantly borrowing your money? Finally, get second opinions. A psychopath who wants to use you will find a way to win you over, but may show more of his or her true self to your friends and colleagues. If you get repeated warnings that the person you’re dealing with isn’t what he or she seems, consider investigating further.

As population densities increase and tensions rise, society is increasingly vulnerable to those who are utterly ruthless and without conscience. While there are no easy answers when it comes to the psychopaths among us, the better we can understand what makes a psychopath tick, the better we can protect ourselves from the destructive impact of this condition.

That’s all for this week. See you next week until then Stay Safe and Take Care.

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154 thoughts on “Psychopaths are EVERYWHERE

  1. salona says:

    Gosh! Yes this is unfortunately true. And sometimes these people are difficult to actually identify. My approach is to raise my energy frequency so I do not attract these people nor are they attracted to me. However with my writing, I aim to motivate even these people so that they can hopefully adopt a more loving approach to life.

  2. kumamonjeng says:

    Glad that you have included a paragragh to educate readers to identify a physhopath. We are now living in the digital world and talking to strangers everyday so it is best if we could learn a few tricks from here.

  3. Vaibhav Mehta says:

    Man. That got intense. I have encountered a few in the form of the silent ones. They suck you dry emotionally before you even know it. I sometimes wonder what makes them like this? Ruthless, inconsiderate, reluctant to respond to niceness..what makes them wired in such a way that they get pleasure by inflicting suffering?

  4. Aditya says:

    Seriously, even I am little worried that I might be getting psychopath, but just not able to see. In some cases, it is too late to realize it. Even though, I know they are happy inside, I sometimes feel that they are not just villains, just super villains which I see in movies and T.V shows.

  5. Daisy says:

    It can be so hard to know what to look for and our safety is at risk… thank you for shedding light on what we should be aware of…

  6. Dalane Ekirapa says:

    Psychopaths are just everywhere! I mostly interact with those whose words will cut you to the core but you can be sure that I know how to deal with those; not roughly but I just walk away. Something funny is that they feel ashamed and eventually give up when you mind less.

  7. Acupofassamtea says:

    Understanding human psychology is the most difficult thing. It can be disguise at time. Thank you for the information as well as how to recognize it and how to protect ourselves from those destructive behaviors.

  8. Melissa says:

    Goodness, one could easily become paranoid when trying to recognize these kinds of behaviors. Unless you are trained in this area, it can be nearly impossible.

  9. Rosey says:

    Smart to investigate further if there are red flags. True too if something feels off. Trust that initial gut feeling.

  10. Jennifer Prince says:

    It’s hard to think about. I have been affected by this in my own life with some people, though. So sad!

  11. Geraline Batarra says:

    It is so hard to identify a psychopathic person and this article bring us an awareness about what they can possibly do to other people.

  12. Karla says:

    I totally agree with your tips! People should judge based on actions not words. It’s really crazy how these psychopaths work. Thanks for sharing this informative post!

  13. stephanie says:

    in my life, I think I have come across a few of these IT is important to know the signs and be honest with yourself when dealing with these types of people!

  14. Elizabeth O says:

    Psychology is super interesting, I often wonder what goes through someones mind before they act out or choose to do something. Very interesting post indeed.

  15. Michelle Leslie says:

    Oh my that’s a really scary thought and the fact that it may even get worse just makes me shudder. Not so much for me but for my kids. I’ll have to share this with them so they can be more aware

  16. Emma Riley says:

    This is such a very interesting and very informative post. I am glad that you were able to share this awareness to all of us. Psychopathic issue is not a joke this is something that need to pay an attention.

  17. Berlin says:

    This makes me more vigilant of the people I meet online and offline. Indeed, there are some psychopaths and we aren’t aware they are just within our circle unless we invite them into our life.

  18. Jackie says:

    Such a fascinating read, and sadly something everyone should be aware of. There are many unsavoury people out there, so some tips to spot them before they cause harm to yourself or others can be very handy and helpful at keeping you safe.

    Jackie – Organised Mum Life

  19. Anne says:

    I think it’s great that you highlight psychopathy as mental predators (I think most just classify them as physical predators with a slasher-type personality). But the way you describe them shows how prevalent they are and how aware and careful we need to be.

  20. Mommy Sigrid says:

    Oh indeed! Even in our seemingly peaceful community here in Bacolod, we hear of atrocious news stories from time to time. It’s like some people are ticking time bombs! They just erupt at the slightest trigger.

  21. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for raising awareness through this post. Times are very different from when I was growing up when we could just be a kid, a regular teenager, a young adult without having to worry about these kind of dangers lurking around.

  22. LiveLoveAndAdventure says:

    I just had a conversation with a friend recently about this exact topic. Psychopaths are not just extreme cases / violent criminals. Normal every day people can exhibit psychopathic tendencies and we don’t always recognize them as such.

  23. Olga Zak says:

    Psychopaths are just everywhere! Understanding human psychology is the most difficult thing. Thank you for the information

  24. Akamatra says:

    I support the need to further educate ourselves about mental illness. At the same time I hope I never cross paths with such a person.

  25. What Corinne Did says:

    I know there are psychopaths out there and I know they can be dangerous but they are not something I think about because that could be anyone and i would not know how to deal with them anyway

  26. Geraline Batarra says:

    This is such a nice post. It is very informative and I am glad that you are able to share this awareness with us.

  27. Jelena says:

    Unfortunately, I lived with a psychopath for 13 years. For a long time, I had to figure out what kind of trap I was a drop in. Now my children are manipulated and I just hope they will begin to understand that their father’s words are different from his actions.

  28. Terri Beavers says:

    I’ve never known how I can identify psychopaths so I’m going to focus on that in the future. I’ve met a few crazies in my life but I’m not sure they were psychopaths at least not from my definition of one. I want to avoid psychos at all cost.

  29. Ashley says:

    This was very interesting. My son recently made a friend and when the rest of us met him we all sensed something was off. What you say about others recognizing it is so true. We could see it and see he wasusing my son but he missed it until we brought it up

  30. Wanda Lopez says:

    This is so real and so dangerous. It’s scary the thought of it, but that doesn’t make it go away. I try to be aware of those around me, but you just never know.

  31. Natalia says:

    That’s so true that we can never know who people really are and that we should have our eyes wide open. If we ever meet a psychopat we should end such a relationship/friendship or whatever else it is.

  32. Ally says:

    This is so true. There really are psychopaths everywhere and anywhere, I definitely come across some on a day to day basis.

  33. Andrea says:

    I totally agree with you. and you have to be so very careful. i mean i feel like now a days you can never be too safe especially with everything you pointed out.

  34. Tara says:

    This is an informative post to open our eyes and truly see people. Unfortunately so many people potentially fall prey to such situations and people.

  35. Tonya Tardiff says:

    This is so so important. Recognizing a psychopath can be difficult but you pointed out all of the most necessary red flags.

  36. Constance says:

    It gives someone who is not common with mental health and diagnosis an overview of what to look for in those who may display this psychopath qualities. Often, we assume that individuals should be able to pick these out but that is not always the case.

  37. Joanna says:

    I know that a psychopath lacks empathy and because of this they have no remorse for their actions. I don’t think I have met anyone like this, fortunately!

  38. Nick says:

    This is all so true. I have met average people, or so I thought, who turned out to be some of the worst people I have ever known! I would classify them as psychopaths!

  39. Amanda maguire says:

    I did a bit about this in my psychology degree. Even after that I was taken in by one. That’s how good they are. That is the scary truth. But your post is brilliant!! Thank you for putting this info it there and making it accessible

  40. Michele Dennis says:

    Psychopaths really are everywhere… Learning the warning signs and how to identify them is only the first line of defense. Avoiding them and having zero tolerance for their behavior is so important in protecting yourself.

  41. Hannah Marie says:

    This post is somewhat creepy but honest. Yes, people must be aware of their surroundings. Thank you for this eye opening post.

  42. Angelle says:

    I’ve studied and read up quite a bit about psychopaths in my criminal justice courses. They do know how to be charming and manipulative to lure their prey in so to speak. They inflict much physical, mental and emotional pain and damage to their victim’s lives. While reading your post, this reminds me very much of master manipulators and narcissists.

  43. sabrina barbante says:

    There are so many people who tend to be so negative and manipulative and we need to be very strong and self aware to recognize them. I’s a hard work, do you think we can “help” a psychopath when we find them along ou way?

  44. David Elliott says:

    When it comes to crazy people psychopaths are among the most dangerous. It’s hard when as you say with population density increasing these people have more to take advantage of. And there are more of them in general as well. It’s really just a scary situation altogether. I hate it that these people are so good at playing the victims. Makes me just sick inside.

  45. Janine Ella says:

    I’ve only been familiar with psychopaths because of all those movies that I have watched in the past. Thanks to this post, I would take note of this just in case I can encounter someone with this illness.

  46. Ana Ojha says:

    I so agree with you that psychopaths are everywhere! It reminded me of my ex-colleague who used to always take my credits and tried to stab me behind my back… such a loser! I feel awful that it took me 2 years to realised that!

  47. prabashi says:

    Jeez talk about psychopaths, Sri Lankan buses are filled with these kind of once. It is pretty scary for young girls to go alone in a bus or walk. the best part to them are they dress so well and cannot be identified

  48. Maysz says:

    What a great post from you! I think psychopath people they need an attention for us however in this situation you need to protect your self first.

  49. Elle says:

    Interesting discussion. There is truly material for every person. The paragraph that you shared which educates readers about how to identify a psychopath may be useful in years to come.

  50. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    This is such a great and very informative as it helps us to open our eyes to truly see a person. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  51. Jade says:

    This is sadly true! It is sad and scary to think that a) we cannot really help them and b) that it is hard to identify! But this post is very informative and will definitely help to make it easier to see a persons true nature. Thank you for sharing and helping us to be more aware!

  52. Jennifer. Villanueva says:

    It truly is a scary world out there. And honestly it didnt bother me until I had my first and only child.. tonthink that she will eventually get exposed to reality, no matter how much I try to protect her from it… life may not be perfect as we would like them to be, but I guess I can try to prepare my child on how to deal with it in a positive way..

  53. Amanda maguire says:

    It’s hard to see it in relation to you and your relationships. I find myself blind against all the red flags!

  54. Chai says:

    This is so helpful not just to build awareness about psychopaths but also to protect ourselves from them. Thank you for sharing this, now i can be more cautious.

  55. Szebastian Onne #INSPIRE says:

    While I agree with much of the article and focus on what psychopathy is and who a psychopath is, I can’t help myself but highlight, why is it assumed, and being used as a given that a psychopath is only and only the male gender? Being a Life Coach, I have had clients from all walks of life and interestingly almost equal number of my clients from each gender have experienced psychopaths from either gender. Your concerns, focus center and underlying issue is on the money, except that it assumes, perceives and declares one gender as psychopath and other as victim. This not only undermines the issues of the mental health condition at hand, but also creates a vision that women are always the victims. I am a male who is a feminist and I don’t think all women are victims and I believe many are capable of fighting back these psychopaths – who can be of either gender. I have seen clients who have seen same-sex psychopaths and opposite gender as well. So all in all, love that you touched the topic in a brilliant way but I am left wishing it was not gender-biased as it is now – in this case it undermines the issues and reduces one gender (female) as weaker while I believe the opposite because women are stronger than men, whether we believe it or not.

  56. janna says:

    I’m learning to trust my intuition, because you usually will get a bad feeling and instead of worrying about being rude, just trust your gut! it rarely steers you wrong.

  57. Shaily says:

    Being a Psychology student for three years, I can completely relate to this post. No one knows what exactly makes a person a psychopath. There are a series of influences though. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. I’m glad you shared the tips to identify a psychopath so one can stay safe.

  58. Nandita says:

    It’s more of a mental condition rather than an illness. The pointers you mentioned here are quite helpful. But, since deception is the main weapon of psychopaths, identifying them isn’t always easy. However, once you identify them, the best thing to do is avoid them. Confrontation or showing that they can affect you negatively only encourages them further.

    – Nandita

  59. Eloise says:

    interesting topic! Sadly it’s true, the more people there are the more psychopaths there are lurking around. My kids are young and yet I find myself talking to them about these types of topic: actions always speak louder than words!

  60. Ada says:

    Such a great post and very informative. I hear about psychopaths on the news every now and again and it gives me so much anxiety.

  61. Preet says:

    We need to be educated about this mental illness. I never tried encountered someone who has this and I love how some people giving awareness to his.

  62. Nina says:

    I find that second opinions are the best. If you can look around and see that other people are having the same sorts of issues with that person, that’s the best sign. Then you can see that it’s not you but them.

  63. Marie Fe says:

    As I am reading this, I am imagining who are those people that I know that are psychopaths. There’s this someone that I know that will laugh when she saw you like getting mad because she always find ways for you to get mad. I’m always very careful of what she’s doin. And need to use my brain for me not to be a victim to her.

  64. Nicole says:

    This was a really interesting post. I like that you added a description to help identify a psychopath and id you’ve ever encountered or know one. Thanks for sharing!

  65. Aditi says:

    I don’t think I ever came across a psycopath, but for sure I came across people who could be on the verge of being included in this category. You have shared some very helpful tips on how to deal with such people.

  66. Arnab Majumdar says:

    It is actually scary, to even think about it. The worst are those, who act as your friends, but deep down, they have the mind to cause you trouble. You never know, who would turn out to be psychopaths. It is really difficult to trust people nowadays. Everyone wears a double-face.

  67. Elena says:

    Tell me about it! My friend was in a relationship with a psychopath and he is still harassing her in every way possible, and the police are not doing anything to stop that kind of a behaviour.

  68. Tracy @ Cleland Clan says:

    I wonder what percentage of the populations psychopaths actually are. It seems like we hear about them on the news constantly. It’s good to know the signs of unhealthy behavior.

  69. Indu says:

    This is such a timely article well researched and well curated to address the ever prevalent problem being faced in each walk of society. Awareness is the only answer not to get trapped and suffer.

  70. Jeferson says:

    I think there’s more to this….. I mean to truly understand psychopathy, why they behave in such ways, what’s the reason….. There must be roots….. As all pathologies do have causes….. I know you will eventually come up with answers if we go deeper….

  71. Grace Esedeke says:

    Merely reading this scares. Each description seems to fit in one way or the other into some people I know. Even though are not 100% psychopaths, they exhibit the tendencies of being one.
    What is the difference between a psychopath and a narcissist? I always seem to confuse this two.

  72. Carmen Adendorff says:

    “They are the unscrupulous coworker who plays the boss, takes credit for your work, and stabs you in the back with a smile.” This I know all to well , it was difficult to spot it at first until a co worker brought it up but it’s sad that people would turn out this way , why not just focus on yourself and your job and in that way people will recognize you .

  73. Neil Alvin Nicerio says:

    Great post. I find this one very informative. 🙂 Come to think of it, you have to check out the red flags before fully trusting someone.

  74. Flora_the_Sweaterist says:

    Yes! Thanks for raising awareness for this issue! Psychopaths are running around without us knowing exactly who they are, and every time I see a young kid travelling by itself on public transport, I tremble at the carelessness of their parents…

  75. Brittany Vantrease says:

    I haven’t met a psychopath, but I’ve known a lot of sociopaths. They are very manipulative people and if you ever see an abusive relationship, you’re looking at one of the two. It’s important to realize the signs. Each can be very subtle and also very dangerous when given the chance to be.

  76. Jennifer Prince says:

    This is definitely a scary thing to think about! I almost believe there is a tiny bit of psychopath in all of us.

  77. Scott Gombar says:

    Interesting post. I think people think of serial killers when they think of psychopaths and don’t realize there are different degrees of psychopaths. I never really thought of it that way either until I read this

  78. Dr. K. Lee Banks says:

    This is sad but true in today’s world. I just read about someone who nearly had her young daughter abducted in a Walmart in Louisiana by two shady looking guys who were working as a team! So scary these days, you just have to remain vigilant at all times.

  79. Devyani Ray says:

    If I don’t get a good gut feeling about someone or something, I stay away from them/it! Seems to have helped me so far 🙂

  80. TessaG says:

    I had a hard time reading this. Psychopaths, and Sociopaths, are very hard to identify until it’s often too late. Hitler was a Psychopath. So why didn’t anyone see it? He, like all psychopaths, knows how to talk to people, to ‘give’ them what they want, in this case, what the German people wanted to hear. They are suave, they are charming, and they are like plastecine – they know what you want to hear. Thanks for the tips – but I’m still single for life, thanks 🙂

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