When we speak of a psychopath, they’re not always the crazy killers portrayed in media. They could be far from that.

According to researchers, 1 in every 100 people is a psychopath. This means they could be your neighbor, your co-worker, or anyone you know of.


Chances are, there is almost certainly at least one psychopath from all the people you know.

Many psychopaths could be holding higher-power positions such as business leaders, lawyers, and political figures.

Spotting a psychopath is important to avoid becoming their victim. But how to spot one?

Despite varying theories about psychopaths, researchers agreed that they do demonstrate a cluster of three personality traits, known as the “Dark Triad”.

There are many signs that you can find in some psychopaths and use as signals to look out for yourself. However, these 3 can be found in almost ALL psychopaths without exceptions!

The 3 Main Traits of Psychopaths


1. Machiavellianism

People having this trait are seen as duplicitous, cunning and manipulative. Their higher priority are power, money, and winning.

Because it’s easy for them to disregard social rules, they manipulate others with little or no guilt at all. Like an alcoholic who has an impulse to drink, people who are high in this trait manipulate others out of impulse.

They manipulate people for a lot of reasons: achieving personal gains such as a promotion, having fun, or failing to stop themselves.

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Regardless of their purpose, they do their evil deeds through deception, guilt, bullying, feigned weakness or flattery. They used these tools to support their attempt of twisting the emotions and behaviors of others.

Their charm and being well-liked by people make them master manipulators. They may display interest or compassion but only for a short time because once they get what they want, their facade easily wears off.

Clearly, they care only for themselves.

2. Lacking conscience or empathy.

People high in psychopathy never follow the golden rule “treat others the way you want to be treated”. They lack many of the social emotions a normal person take for granted, like guilt, remorse, sympathy, and pity.

It’s under this light that they do things a normal person could only wish for. Things like thinking, “I want to kick him!” when angry.

Psychopaths don’t have the brake pedal needed to make him stop from physically doing this kind of thing. Instead, he’ll quickly do it without any second thoughts.

They have low impulse control, thus they’re quick to violence and aggression. Their way of life involves having casual sex partners, or engaging in risky and dangerous behaviors.

3. Narcissism

Narcissists are people who display self-centeredness, conceit, and an inflated sense of their qualities and achievements. They see themselves as perfect creatures who have no flaws.

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Or, when they recognize such flaws in themselves, they project it onto others. For example, if they feel they aren’t smart enough, they’ll accuse others as being dumb, in a way boosting their own ego.

If you give them compliments, narcissists love it to the point of lavishly praising you. Despite putting their self on a high pedestal, it would not take too much to topple them down.

Their self-esteem is so unstable they see constructive criticism as a declaration of war. And it would take a small insult to make them fly into a rage.

Having too much self-focus, narcissists find difficulty in getting along with others.

They can’t sustain a stable and satisfying relationship. For this, they crave for power and seek positions that have authority over others.

This gives them the excuse of cleansing themselves from faults as they put the blame on others.

Anyone possessing one of the above traits doesn’t necessarily mean they’re psychopath. They just could be risk-takers or plain arrogant who cant’ engage in malevolent behavior.

Some real life heroes are even said to share some, according to research. What you must be wary of are those people who have all three because it clearly shows they’re the real-world psychopaths.