Psychopathy

DR. Rose Ngishu

For some reason, growing up was a motivation rather than a struggle. Listening to some great Mary Atieno (Ominde) music was my unwinding pill. I interacted with lots of people in and out of my neighborhood during my youthful days. Sometimes people would come to blows, but often they would eat from the platter of “ugali” to never ending friendships and life agendas. One thing I noted for sure was that despite the blows and the platter, the beginning of their friendship was always a shiny petal on a bird’s sight. As my journey towards studying behavior changes, I got a chance to review my social interactions with my past, the people I interacted with, how their behavior used to change, and why this was happening. Along the way I encountered the term “psychopathy.” It was the suitable term that could describe most of the people I had interacted with and some I still interact with today. Although the term is not an official DSM-V diagnostic term, it exposes and explains some people’s behavior.

What is a psychopathy?

In clinical and legal contexts, the term psychopath refers to someone who is cold hearted, devoid of emotion, and morally reprehensible. From my understanding, this is the simplest way that I can define a psychopath. It is more of a wider mental health condition that refers to people who regularly act out and behave horribly. However, only a small fraction of people with antisocial personality disorder are regarded as psychopaths. This brings me to the next segment which is to identify the common traits and characteristics of psychopathy.

What are the characteristics of a psychopath?

Psychopathic behavior does not have universal characteristics because it varies greatly from person to person. There are violent psychopaths who murder, rape, and even torture their victims, while others are deceitful and achieve unfathomable success in their lives. While you can possess these psychopath traits it does not mean that someone is necessarily one. The level of consistency that these traits exhibit themselves into a behavioral routine makes it more conclusive as to whether someone can be considered a psychopath or not. Some of these traits include:

  • Unsociable behavior
  • Narcissism
  • Charming on the surface
  • Characteristics of callousness and indifference
  • Absence of guilt
  • Empathy deficit
  • Impulsivity

What causes psychopathic behavior?

As I went by my research routine, while reflecting on my interactions with people who had displayed these characteristics, I realized parental upbringing is a major cause of this disorder. First, child-parent detachment was a recurring cause in several research outcomes. Most of these individuals suffer from poor emotional upbringing during their childhood days.  The lack of parental affection while growing up is also a subsequent cause of psychopathy. Parental rejection and abuse have also turned individuals into psychopaths thus necessitating the need for parents to improve their mental health. Fighting stress the right way and winning their energy back will prevent more children from having  these traits in the future. As a parent and a breadwinner, you can take a look at 5 of the best ways of fighting stress related to your workplace by registering for and joining my free webinar

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