Blog: Psychopaths - 2013-12-05
I have been a little consumed of late dealing with a psychopath who insists upon forcing himself upon our lives. The experience has validated the observations of the world's leading authority on psychopathy, Robert D. Hare. This short passage from Hare's book Snakes In Suits is remarkably apt to that situation. It may also pique your interest in learning more on the subject. I find that the knowledge takes a little sting out of the discomforts inflicted in being stalked by a psychopath.
from chapter entitled What You See May Not Be What You See:
Psychopaths have a great sense of superiority and entitlement, and think nothing of helping themselves to property that belongs to others. Their grandiose sense of self-importance leads them to believe that other people exist just to take care of them. Because they see most people as weak, inferior, and easy to deceive, psychopathic con artists will often tell you that their victims deserved what they got. Sometimes their sense of superiority is so great that they will say that they are conferring a gift by letting their victims support them. This is obvious in the many cases of cult leaders who are charlatans or outright psychopaths, but can be seen in more subtle cases as well. This condescending air toward others comes across as cocky and egotistical to many observers, but, as we will discuss below, some may find this behavior somewhat charming, even charismatic.