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It could be said that ' sexual psychopaths ' is like 'unexpected surprise', '12 noon' or 'advanced warning'. These are known as pleonasms, or redundant expressions, and the first part can be removed without changing the significance. Surprise is by definition unexpected, and noon means 12 o'clock.
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New psychological research suggests that psychopaths are attracted to others with their same disposition. There's nothing in our society that rings more alarm bells than the prospect of psychopathic behavior. These traits are the most undesirable qualities a person can have.
Psychopaths are wired differentlywith less gray matter in regions critical for empathy, moral reasoning and guilt. So when it comes to feeling what other people feel, or feeling guilty about their own hurtful actions, their brains may be too damaged to even register this. Why then, if they care so little about what other people feel, would any woman find this attractive?
This lower back licker could definitely be a sociopath! Or not. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
People with an antisocial personality disorder, like psychopaths, tend to live fast. As well as lacking empathy for others, they are thrill seekers, often finding excitement where others would feel fear. Psychopaths think about it and their autonomic nervous system, part of the body that controls heart rate and sweat rate, that's not functioning normally.
How do you know if you're talking to a psychopath? For a definitive answer, you'd need to evaluate a suspected psychopath on a long list of scientifically validated traitssuch as egocentricity and lack of empathy and remorse. Helpfully, science has also found a long list of less definitive but still intriguing tells that an individual might have psychopathic tendencies, from their profession and college majorto their speech patterns and usual bedtime sorry, night owls.
All psychopaths follow the same strategy when operating in intimate relationships. I know this strategy well because I was in a relationship with a psychopath for around four years. I also know other women who dated and are dating psychopaths.
Psychopathy is traditionally a personality disorder characterized by persistent antisocial behaviorimpaired empathy and remorseand bolddisinhibitedand egotistical traits. Different conceptions of psychopathy have been used throughout history that are only partly overlapping and may sometimes be contradictory. Hervey M.