I am deeply hurt by your calling me a women hater. I am not. But I am a monster.

— David Berkowitz
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The Hare Psychopaths Checklist


Glibness/superficial charm

Psychopaths can be very good at presenting themselves to others in the best light and are often thought of as charming and witty.

Grandiose sense of self-worth

Psychopaths have a narcissistic and inflated sense of self-worth and view themselves as superior to others.

Lack of remorse or guilt

Psychopaths have a total lack of concern for others and for the effects their actions have on anyone else.

Lack of empathy

Psychopaths have an inability to construct a mental and emotional “facsimile” of another person; the feelings of others are of no concern to them.

Deceitful and manipulative

Psychopaths seem to have a natural ability to be deceitful and manipulative, and appear to do it simply because they can.

Shallow affect

Psychopaths seem to suffer from an inability to experience emotions.


Psychopaths often behave based on impulse and do not consider the consequences of their behavior.

Poor behavioral control

Psychopaths tend to be highly reactive towards perceived insults and have weak inhibitory controls.

Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom

Psychopaths have a continuous need for excitement and go to extraordinary lengths to fulfill this need.

Lack of responsibility

Psychopaths are unconcerned with obligations and commitments.

Early behavioral problems

Psychopaths tend to exhibit behavioral problems such a truancy, persistent lying, and bullying at a young age.