The 2 Key Personality Traits Of A Psychopath

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The two strongest signals that
someone is a psychopath.
Two key personality traits of
a psychopath are being callous and unemotional, research finds.
Being callous means having a
cruel disregard for others.
Callous people lack
compassion, are cold-blooded and heartless.
On top of this, psychopaths
typically have difficulty responding to the emotions of others in a normal way
— they also appear unemotional themselves.
For example, psychopaths tend
to show no feeling when they see others in pain.
However, some psychopaths use
an unemotional exterior to hide inner turmoil.
Professor Tim Stickle, who led
the study, explained that a sub-group of psychopaths do experience strong
“They appear callous and
unemotional to others but their own emotional experience is that they’re very
distressed, have high levels of anxiety, higher levels of depression, higher
levels of emotion. 
We think of these harmful,
antisocial, aggressive kids as being immune to fear, immune to negative
feelings, but in fact we’re showing a whole group of them are not only not
immune, but are very susceptible.”
The conclusions come from a
study of 150 adolescents held in juvenile detention centres.
All were classified as callous
and unemotional and most conformed to this stereotype — but not all.
A small group fell into a
category the researchers label “low psychopathy delinquents”.
Other studies have also shown
that among adults there is a group who look like psychopaths, but actually
experience strong emotions.
Professor Stickle said:
“It’s not just one
characteristic that allows clear identification of who falls in which group; it
takes a wide range of traits. 
These traits are particularly
prevalent in adolescent females in the juvenile justice system. 
Untreated callous unemotional
traits put these youth at risk for becoming lifelong criminals.”
The researchers hope that
identifying and treating this sub-group can help save them from a lifetime of
antisocial behaviour — and society from its consequences.
The study was published in the
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (Gill & Stickle, 2015).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.