20 SIGNS OF A CULT LEADER WHO'S A PSYCHOPATH
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Glib Superficial Charm – the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking, for example.
Grandiose sense of Self Worth – a grossly inflated view of one’s abilities and selfworth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky.
Need for Stimulation/Proneness to Boredom – excessive need for thrilling & exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time or finish tasks that they feel are dull or routine.
Pathological Lying – can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever. Extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.
Conning / Manipulative - the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain Lack of Remorse or Guilt – a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, cold hearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.
Shallow Affect Rage – emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.
Callous / Lack of Empathy – a lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.
Parasitic Lifestyle – an intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on others.
Poor Behavioral Control – expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.
Promiscuous Sexual Behavior – a variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits or conquests.
Early Behavioral Problems – a variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft, cheating, vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting, glue-sniffing, alcohol use, and running away from home.
Lack of Realistic Long Term Goals – a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in life.
Impulsivity – inability to resist temptation, frustrations, and urges; a lack of deliberation without considering the consequences; foolhardy, rash, unpredictable, erratic, and reckless.
Irresponsible Behavior – repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such as not paying bills, defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work,
being absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual agreements.
Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Actions – low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.
Many Short Term Marital Relationships – a lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life, including marital.
Juvenile Delinquency – behavior problems between the ages of 13- 18; mostly behaviors that are crimes or clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation, aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless tough-mindedness.
Revocation of Conditional Release – a revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation, or failing to appear.
Criminal Versatility – a diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes.