48-260 Study Guide - Psychopathy Checklist, Superficial Charm, Pathological Lying

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology
Course Code
SACR 2600

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The Psychopathy Checklist
1. Superficial charm the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and
verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to
say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. He can also be a great listener,
to simulate empathy while zeroing in on his targets’ dreams and vulnerabilities, to be
able to manipulate them better. able to captivate an audience (makes friends easily,
very socializable) they do good and socialized to get something out of it
2. Grandiose estimate of self Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are
superior human beings. they think they are superior to everyone else, cocky, arrogant
3. Need for stimulation (Not happy with pleasures in life, excessive need for new stimuli,
risky behaviours)
4. Pathological lying Lying to them is just a tool (perfectly acceptable to lie to get what
you want)
5. Cunning and manipulativeness Taking lying to another level (lying in order to
exploit another person)
6. Lack of remorse or guilt They are cold-hearted (often blame victims themselves)
7. Shallow affect They fake emotions because they think showing emotions is a sign of
weakness (the only time they show is when it is socially acceptable) they do not fake
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