Everyone has had the occasional bad date or even bad relationship. Someone so promising turns out to be not who you thought at all. Maybe the person you are seeing is boring or conceited or just plain unintelligent.
Or maybe the person you're seeing is actually a psychopath.
The term "psychopath" has been thrown around for decades and is used to describe someone who is too interested in you, someone who seems like they are stalking you, or someone who is extra emotional and lashes out in a confusing manner.
The colloquial definition of psychopath is much different from the medical definition, though.
The term psychopath originated from the early psychologists who worked with mental patients they defined as displaying “moral depravity” or “moral insanity.”
They found that these patients appeared to look and behave within the normal standards for human beings, however they didn’t seem to have a sense of ethics or understand the rights of other people.
This term was first used around the year 1900. To define someone as a psychopath, they must possess specific core characteristics:
1) They Are Uncaring
Questions to ask yourself: Does your significant other seem cold and callous sometimes? Does he not seem to care about other people’s feelings, including yours, at times?
2) They Have Shallow Emotions.
Questions to ask yourself: Have you noticed your significant other is lacking in deep feelings? Does he seem to never be ashamed or embarrassed, or show signs of feeling guilty?
3) They Are Irresponsible.
Questions to ask yourself: Does your significant other pass the blame on to others, even when something is clearly his fault? Does he have a problem taking ownership of an issue?
4) Their Speech Is Insincere.
Questions to ask yourself: Is your significant other a con-man? Does he say things that are glib or outright lies without a shred of guilt?
5) They Are Overconfident.
“What is a psychopath?” PsychologyToday.com. Web. 30 January 2013.
“10 signs you are dating a psychopath.” HuffingtonPost.com. 24 January 2014.