Common Traits And Characteristics Of Psychopaths

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Area of Interest:
Common Traits and Characteristics of Psychopaths.
Research Questions:
1. What is the definition of a psychopath?
2. What is it about psychopaths that fascinate us?
3. Are there certain traits that make victims vulnerable to psychopathic manipulation?
4. What are some of the common traits of psychopaths?

Problem Statement:
Psychopaths are the group of people who kill over a longer period of time without being caught or stopped. Unlike mass murderers, who may kill many people at one time, psychopaths usually have reasons for killing, they will plan out where, when, why and how before they actually kill. Many enjoy cannibalism, necrophilia, and like to keep the body parts as trophies. There violent behavior is usually
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The research was obtained from limited sources which entailed internet searches and articles. The information was gathered from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and college professors.
1. If psychopathy is detected at a young age by a test given to the individual by a professional then it is less likely for them to commit a crime in the future.
2. After being diagnosed with this personality disorder the individual can undergo treatment and prevent future crimes.
Research Methodology:
The term psychopathy refers to a personality disorder that includes a cluster of interpersonal, affective, lifestyle, and antisocial traits and behaviors. These involve deception; manipulation; irresponsibility; impulsivity; stimulations seeking; poor behavior controls; shallow affect; lack of empathy, guilt, or remorse; sexual promiscuity; callous disregard for the rights of others; and unethical and antisocial behaviors (Babiak, et al. 2012).
A psychopath does not internalize their feelings of anxiety and guilt or fail to experience them appropriately; instead, he lacks the fundamental understanding of what these things are. A psychopath will try to insert himself into a crime scene, but wouldn’t feel panic, shock, or horror unlike how the other onlookers would feel. His interest would fall more on the reactions of the victims and of the crowd. Despite this emotional deficiency, most psychopaths learn to mimic the appearance of normal emotion well enough to
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