Psychopaths make up one percent of the general population and the chances of you dating one is similar to you getting struck by lightning. Then again, how do you know you’re not dating one? If you’re dating one, somewhere down the road you’ll find yourself arguing with a psychopath. In an article for MindBodyGreen, Jackson Mackenzie gives tips on finding out if you are, indeed, arguing with a psychopath.
Psychopaths are social chameleons and they can blend into any situation. Your teacher could be one. Your priest, cop, that barista that served your morning coffee.
Mackenzie claims in his article that there are six signs that can help you determine a person you’re having an argument with is a psychopath. These signs include lying, making excuses, adopting a condescending tone, being hypocritical and acting like a victim when engaging in an argument.
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What’s my take on this?
Most of the time, the signs posted in Mackenzie’s article are exhibited by the vast majority. I find myself making up excuses from time to time in an argument, but I don’t think that’s enough to label me a psychopath. In all honesty, this whole new trend of predicting psychopathic personalities or tendencies through certain signs are just too sweeping to take seriously. Admittedly, however, such sweeping generalizations backed by scientific data should be more than difficult to ignore.