You may be a psycho and not fully recognize it.
The implications are scary and the figures are real. According to Maria Stout, four percent, or one in every twenty five people, are psychopaths. This mental disorder is hard to detect as the people affected by it can skillfully mask their disease.
The disease is defined by a person's lack of a conscience and a moral compass. Psychopaths don't readily empathize with others because they are not as developed emotionally. They understand emotions and feelings in an intellectual capacity. They watch other's responses to different situations and stimuli, and mimic the reactions. They start at a young age so they have spent most of their lives lying to an extent.
They may notice a difference in emotional range but not be aware of the severe differences in psyches. Since they lie to others so easily, they often fall victim to their own devices. Deep down they know they are different and will do anything in their power to not be revealed
Normally highly intelligent, psychopaths often elude detection for years until an event with serious and irrevocable reactions occurs. The effort spent to observe and emulate the responses of others is staggering. They take on traits favored by society to better cloak themselves.
They will try to be charismatic, witty, strong, dynamic, and highly relatable around the clock to take focus away from their inability to express deeper emotions. They are master manipulators. But they are often manipulating themselves the "hardest" trying to believe the lie they project to make it seem more real.
We won't waste time talking about how many horrors have been committed by psychopaths in history. Keep in mind, though, that most atrocities are committed by the hands of this dangerous archetype. You may be one and not fully recognize it. You may shrug it off as bipolar, antisocial, or sociopathic.
The test below can provide an idea of how crazy you are. It will tell you if you are not a psychopath, partially one, or a full-blown case. If you test "positive," examine your thoughts and be honest with yourself. If you feel you maybe psychopathic, don't let the momentary calm and peace of your behavior stop you from getting help.
This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author.