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The symptoms of psychopathy

These are the key symptoms that are often representative of what is known as antisocial-personality-disorder (ASPD):

  • Glibness and superficial charm.
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth.
  • Need for stimulation and/or proneness to boredom.
  • Pathological lying.
  • Conning and/or manipulative behaviours.
  • Lack of remorse or guilt.
  • Shallow affect (emotion).
  • Callousness and/or lack of empathy.
  • Parasitic lifestyle.
  • Poor behavioural controls.
  • Promiscuous sexual behaviour.
  • Early behavioural problems.
  • Lack of realistic and long-term goals.
  • Impulsivity.
  • Irresponsibility.
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions.
  • Many short-term marital relationships.
  • Juvenile delinquency.
  • Revocation of conditional release.
  • Criminal versatility.

(Hare, 2003)

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