Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy? (The Almost Effect Series)
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Grandiosity and exaggerated self-worth. Pathological lying. Manipulation. Lack of remorse. Shallowness. Exploitation for financial gain. These are the qualities of Almost Psychopaths. They are not the deranged criminals or serial killers that might be coined "psychopaths" in the movies or on TV. They are spouses, coworkers, bosses, neighbors, and people in the news who exhibit many of the same behaviors as a full-blown psychopath, but with less intensity and consistency.
In Almost a Psychopath, Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, and James Silver, JD, draw on scientific research and their own experiences to help you identify if you are an Almost Psychopath and, if so, guide you to interventions and resources to change your behavior.
If you think you have encountered an Almost Psychopath, they offer practical tools to help you:
- recognize the behavior, attitudes, and characteristics of the Almost Psychopath;
- make sense of interactions you've had with Almost Psychopaths;
- devise strategies for dealing with them in the present;
- make informed decisions about your next steps; and
- learn ways to help an Almost Psychopath get better control of their behavior.
The Almost Effect™ Series presents books written by Harvard Medical School faculty and other experts that offer guidance on common behavioral and physical problems falling in the spectrum between normal health and a full-blown medical condition. These are the first publications to help general readers recognize and address these problems.
psychopaths in the United States. And, unlike people who have some other mental disorders, most psychopaths aren’t loners. Many of us probably have met or will meet a psychopath or interact with one on a daily basis. When we think of psychopaths, most of us tend to think of men. In part, this is because most of the research on psychopathy has focused on men who are in prison, not to mention that men are more likely to commit the sort of violent crimes that make headlines. But we should not
allow them to fit in, beguile, and manipulate us is an important step in recognizing them for who they really are. How Many Almost Psychopaths Are There? It’s impossible to know the exact number of subclinical psychopaths in the United States or any country, for that matter. And as we will point out, behaviors that hint at psychopathy, as problematic as they may be, do not necessarily indicate that a person is a true psychopath or an almost psychopath. While true psychopaths are often
often because men are either poor at identifying their emotions or ashamed to talk about them. It can also lead to irritability, poor judgment, indifference to the feelings and needs of others, and a general sense of un-happiness that spills into and gets acted out upon in relationships. Lucas is at a prime age for new-onset major depression, so this would need to be screened for carefully. Substance abuse. Most substances of abuse and alcohol most commonly, can cause loss of impulse control,
insurance were developed to help people get through these difficult times. If those systems fail, communities often step up to help out their friends and neighbors. But when there are benefits to be had and helping hands to be offered, often there will be almost psychopaths and true psychopaths to take advantage. Consider our next case examples (but beware: the third case is not for the squeamish). Bob Bob started out as a paperboy when he was in elementary school and continued working various
Putting Controversial Findings into Context,” Journal of Marriage and Family 67 (2005): 1120–25. 43. M. Bhandari, S. Sprague, S. Dosanjh, B. Petrisor, S. Resendes, K. Madden, E. H. Schemitsch, and P.R.A.I.S.E. Investigators, “The Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence across Orthopedic Fracture Clinics in Ontario,” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 93, no. 2 (2011): 132–41. This study found that those who screened for IPV spanned all ages, ethnicities, and income levels. The study’s authors had