Excerpts from “Puzzling People”

“the labyrinth of the psychopath” by Thomas Sheridan

A psychopath can be someone as basic as a slacker-type wastrel who looks for an easy life living off someone else’s labours – usually an elderly relative, or a mind-controlled spouse or partner. They may not have an interest in taking anyone’s money directly, per se – it is the power they feel from controlling the perceptions of others that remains the sum total of their parasitic ambitions.

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Once they have a free roof over their heads, food in the refrigerator, heating in winter, and – more importantly – are not expected to do anything to contribute toward the mortgage and utility bills, then they are content with this arrangement. If the enabler becomes ill and cannot take care of the psychopath any longer, the psychopathic parasite simply finds another host to take over this role. … The key thing all psychopaths have in common is power over the perception of others.

A psychopath sees empathy as a flaw and compassion as a weakness – flaws and weaknesses they then attempt to exploit for their own purposes.

… all psychopaths are always, constantly bored.

Psychopaths feed on the emotions of others.

They cannot and will not perform any kind of self-observation because they have no sense of self beyond the reactions they evoke in others.

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