A psychopath is someone who has a certain kind of personality disorder with distinct and frequently unpleasant traits.
They often demonstrate manipulative tendencies, expertly deploying persuasion or deceit to sway others to their liking.
Because psychopaths are often egocentric, they see the world through the lens of their own interests and desires and their manipulation is frequently self-serving.
This self-centered worldview often results in a visible lack of empathy which is a defining feature of psychopathy.
They fail to understand or share the feelings of others, which leads to cold, indifferent or even aggressive behavior.
It is critical to underline that this is a complex mental health issue that requires professional assessment and treatment.
While the symptoms are alarming, they are the product of a serious psychological disease rather than a basic moral failing.
Top 10 Psychopath Quotes
The man who is not afraid of danger is not a hero, but a psychopath. ~ George Mikes.
Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies. ~ Jon Ronson.
Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the boardroom. ~ Robert D. Hare.
You’re a psychopath. I prefer creative. ~ Becca Fitzpatrick.
Now if you went to someone’s house to look for them, you would be a psychopath. ~ Lena Dunham.
Deep pockets and empty hearts rule the world. We unleash them at our peril. ~ Stefan Molyneux.
I’m a high-functioning sociopath, do your research. ~ Benedict Cumberbatch.
God’s creatures who cried themselves to sleep stirred to cry again. ~ Thomas Harris.
It’s a funny thing, when you talk to God, you’re religious, but when he talks to you, you’re a psychopath. ~ Peter Steele.
I read as many books about the psychology of a psychopath as I could and I researched what exactly happens to soldiers. ~ Patrick Heusinger.
Famous Psychopath Quotes
As institutional psychopaths, corporations are wont to remove obstacles that get into their way. ~ Joel Bakan.
I heard a story about her once,’ said James. ‘She was interviewing a psychopath. She showed him a picture of a frightened face and asked him to identify the emotion. He said he didn’t know what the emotion was but it was the face people pulled just before he killed them. ~ Jon Ronson.
Guy’s a psychopath, even by vampire standards. And that’s saying something. ~ Kiersten White.
I started writing a novel from the monster’s point of view. It has its own difficulties but, I’m ashamed to say, it’s much easier writing from a psychopath’s point of view than from that of their empathetic opposite. ~ Justine Larbalestier.
The truth is, if a werewolf behaved like this psychopath it wouldn’t be because he was part animal, but because he was still too human. Only humans kill for sport. ~ Kelley Armstrong.
Pretend and real are all real to a psychopath. ~ Lorraine Toussaint.
When stepping into the mind of a psychopath, you realize that there is something missing in their brain that they do not understand the consequences of their actions – in a sense. ~ Lorraine Toussaint.
Part of being a psychopath is an ability to dissociate from one reality and create another one, completely. ~ Zachary Quinto.
Popular Psychopath Quotes
The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. ~ H. L. Mencken.
A century and a half after its birth, the modern business corporation, an artificial person made in the image of a human psychopath, now is seeking to remake real people in its image. ~ Joel Bakan.
I am the neurological opposite of a psychopath, in that I feel anxious almost all the time. It must be great to not constantly feel like you’ve got someone living inside your face, shooting you with a mini Taser. ~ Jon Ronson.
I always think I could play a fantastic psychopath. I’d like to play a psycho. With a heart, you know. A caring lunatic. ~ Nick Frost.
Poisoned, pursued and living with a psychopath. Not what I would consider the good life. Death has its perks. ~ Maria V. Snyder.
I had done a little bit one other time. This character [in Jack Reacher] is a psychopath, but I had been hired by Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace. ~ Patrick Heusinger.
They had a… dog called Bluey. A know psychopath, Bluey would attack himself if nothing else was available. ~ Clive James.
If everyone could understand the working of a psychopath’s mind, we undoubtedly would be closer to insanity ourselves. ~ Dan Simmons.
Best Psychopath Quotes
I’m not a dogmatic, purist psychopath. There’s an unfair image of me – mean, crazy, hostile. I’m really a very gentle person. ~ Michael Heizer.
There are some people who always feel happy. They’re called psychopaths. ~ Tal Ben-Shahar.
Everyone who has eyes to see can see that if the God of Abraham exists, He is an utter psychopath – and the God of Nature too. If you can’t see these things just by looking, you have simply closed your eyes to the realities of our world. ~ Sam Harris.
A psychopath can tell what you’re thinking but what they don’t do is feel what you feel. These are people without a conscience. ~ Robert D. Hare.
I’m not actually a psychopath. I don’t look evil. People don’t normally want to put me in the same kind of things afterward, so I’m looking forward to people taking a few risks and hopefully seeing me as the character actor that I think I am. ~ David Oakes.
We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow. ~ Ted Bundy.
It is the cult of self that is killing the United States. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance ; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. ~ Chris Hedges.
Jesus must have been a psychopath. ~ Peter Wessel Zapffe.
Sad Psychopath Quotes
I wondered if sometimes the difference between a psychopath in Broadmoor and a psychopath on Wall Street was the luck of being born into a stable, rich family. ~ Jon Ronson.
Nick, fetch my car, fetch my clothes, sweep the chimney, make my bed, watch my psychopath, fetch my slippers. ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Even psychopaths have emotions. Then again, maybe not. ~ Richard Ramirez.
In Prodigal Son, Christine Sutton has penned a tight, brutally honest portrait of a psychopath reminiscent of Theodore Sturgeon’s ‘Some of Your Blood’. This dark descent into the broken mind of Timothy Robert Shively will send chills down your back. Every word rings true, and every page is dark with menace. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up right now. You can thank me later. ~ Joe.
You can make your superhero a psychopath, you can draw gut-splattering violence, and you can call it a “graphic novel,” but comic books are still incredibly stupid. ~ Bill Watterson.
Well there you go. Even a psychopath recognized your worth enough to want to kill someone else first. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. ~ Richelle Mead.
No matter how much lip service those committed to power (psychopaths) may pay to the principle of equality (empaths), they can never approach their fellow human beings on an equal footing; their relationships with others are defined solely in terms of power and weakness. Therefore, they must accumulate as much power as possible, with the aim of becoming invulnerable and proving this invulnerability. ~ Arno Gruen.
Profound Psychopath Quotes
Despite the psychopath’s lack of conscience and lack of empathy for others, he is inevitably better at fooling people than any other type of offender. ~ Anna Salter.
A hallmark feature of psychopaths’ disorder is that they don’t get bothered by much of anything. They don’t ruminate and they don’t get depressed. ~ Kent A. Kiehl.
Too many people hold the idea that psychopaths are essentially killers or convicts. The general public hasn’t been educated to see beyond the social stereotypes to understand that psychopaths can be entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs and other successful individuals who may never see the inside of a prison. ~ Robert D. Hare.
Chefs are nutters. They’re all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them. ~ Gordon Ramsay.
I regularly comment on my desire to exploit my admirers or to kill babies and cute animals, and I don’t even need to laugh or smile for people to think I am joking. ~ M. E. Thomas.
There’s always a connection to be made whether you’re playing a psychopath or whatever. It doesn’t really matter; you’ve got to find this thing that you relate to with each character otherwise you’re missing something. ~ Luke Evans.
Deep Psychopath Quotes
To admit that some people literally have no conscience is not technically the same as saying that some human beings are evil, but it is disturbingly close. ~ Martha Stout.
I’m not a psychopath, I’m a fully functioning sociopath. Do your research. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle.
Psychopaths know intellectually what is immoral, they just don’t have a feeling of immorality about it. ~ Barbara Oakley.
You are wise as well as short.” “I can also break bricks with my bare hands.” “That’s a handy skill if you ever find yourself walled up in the basement of an abandoned house by a psychopath. ~ Nora Roberts.
A sociopath can imitate emotions, where a psychopath really doesn’t have that capacity. They can’t fool people into thinking anything and they’re usually lacking major empathy for anybody besides themselves. ~ Patrick Heusinger.
There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do. ~ Terry Pratchett.
It’s hard to recognize the devil when his hand is on your shoulder. That’s because a psychopath is just a person before he becomes a headline. ~ Becky Masterman.
Meaningful Psychopath Quotes
If you enjoyed high school, you were probably a psychopath or a cheerleader. Or possibly both. ~ Jenny Lawson.
I’m a psychopath, but I don’t have a problem with that. ~ James Marsters.
I think a lot of psychopaths are just geniuses who drove so fast that they lost control. ~ Criss Jami.
Rose only hangs out with guys and psychopaths,” said Mia. “Well,” he said cheerfully, “since I’m both a psychopath and a guy, that would explain why we’re such good friends. ~ Richelle Mead.
The eyes of a psychopath will deceive you; they will destroy you. They will take from you, your innocence, your pride and eventually your soul. ~ Dr. Samuel Loomis.
I’m not a psychopath-I’m wearing a tie! ~ Seth Godin.
Mass Man, the universal psychopath, is born when the individual ego is weakened to the point at which it loses separate identity and is forced, for security, to merge with the mass. ~ Robert M. Lindner.
McCain might have suffered hardships in his life, but what had happened to him had nothing to do with his background or his color; they were convenient excuses now. He had been a psychopath from the start. ~ Anthony Horowitz.
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