The psychopathic personality is characterised by individuals that will lie, cheat, steal, even rape and murder to fulfil their desires and greed. They have callous disregard for the welfare of the general population and completely lack moral responsibility or social conscience.
It is estimated that around four percent of the population are psychopaths. Although many are detected by the justice or mental health systems, a lot run loose causing untold damage to those they come into contact with or control.
They may even gain control of a military, business or political organisation. Many of us are familiar with psychopaths like Stalin, Hitler or Pol Pot and know what happened when they were in control of an entire nation.
Psychopaths As Heroes
Psychopaths can be extremely intelligent and manipulative and because they don’t operate under the rules of normal civilised society, they can be very ruthless and efficient. It is a mistake to underestimate the capabilities of a psychopath
Although many garden variety psychopaths do not rape and murder, they will frequently lie, cheat, deceive and steal to fulfil their desires. Perhaps, a few people you’ve met or have come into contact with come to mind. I know I’ve met a few in my life.
Their main tools of trade are weapons and money. If you know any psychopaths, it is best to disappear off their radar and report them to relevant authorities. Usually they are breaking the law in some way.
One thing that amazes me about psychopaths is how they are able to get away with their behaviour for so long. I think part of the reason is that our society actually makes heroes of psychopathic personalities.
James Bond and Clint Eastwood were typical psychopathic movie heroes who were idolised by many as we were growing up. After killing at least a half a dozen bad guys with no remorse during a day, they would eventually win over the gal.
While most of us considered these movies light entertainment, many psychopaths took the messages very seriously. For this reason, I gave up watching violent movies over a decade ago. I asked myself, “Why pollute my mind?”
Today, the media still gives out messages that is ok to win at all costs. The biggest liar or killer wins. They are the heroes and heroines. Know any movie stars that portray social workers, counsellors or nurses? Society still has a morbid fascination with crime and violence. A lot of popular movies are university lectures for criminals.