Crazy Cal's Psychology Blog

I've dealt with a few psychopaths in my day.  No, I'm not talking about corporations this time.l  This time, I'm talking about people.  Here is a list of types of psychopathic behavior from the Hare Psychopathy checklist on Wikipedia.

"Psychopathy, as measured on the PCL-R, is negatively correlated with all DSM-IV Axis I disorders except substance abuse disorders. Psychopathy is most strongly correlated with DSM-IV antisocial personality disorder.

Factor 1: Personality "Aggressive narcissism"

Glibness/superficial charmGrandiose sense of self-worthPathological lyingCunning/manipulativeLack of remorse or guiltShallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)Callous/lack of empathyFailure to accept responsibility for own actions

Factor 2: Case history "Socially deviant lifestyle".

Need for stimulation/proneness to boredomParasitic lifestylePoor behavioral controlLack of realistic long-term goalsImpulsivityIrresponsibilityJuvenile delinquencyEarly behavior problemsRevocation of conditional release

Traits not correlated with either factor

Promiscuous sexual behaviorMany short-term marital relationshipsCriminal versatilityAcquired behavioural sociopathy/sociological conditioning (Item 21: a newly identified trait i.e. a person relying on sociological strategies and tricks to deceive)"
They note that psychopathy and sociopathy are  dissocial personality disorder.

A website on forensic psychology presents this checklist.

"The checklist examines key characteristics on a number of levels, for instance on an emotional/interpersonal level, the psychopath will reveal himself as glib & superficial, egocentric & grandiose, lacking in remorse, guilt and empathy, will be deceitful and manipulative and have shallow emotions"

Dealing with such people is often harmful and sometimes dangerous.  Since they lack guilt, empathy, and remorse, you can't deal with them as you would a normal individual.  If you do, you're leaving yourself open to attack.  Some are sometimes fooled by their charms, but there is no feeling behind their charms.  Everything is done in a cold, calculating manner and the charm they present is only a tool for them to reach their goal.

Online, there are a lot of people who display such tendencies.  They have no care or empathy for others and only want to feed their sadistic desires.  On the net, these people are often referred to as "trolls."

These type of trolls have been the responsible for the deaths of a number of young people.  CBC states.

"According to The Associated Press, there have been at least 12 cases in the U.S. since 2003 in which children and young adults between 11 and 18 killed themselves after falling victim to some form of cyber bullying teasing, harassing or intimidating with pictures or words distributed online or via text message."

Here is a video with pictures of some of them.

There are also "suicide rings" and predators who try to make others commit suicide.  BBC reports.

"Historian Celia Blay, from Maidenhead, said she came across the man when speaking to a troubled teenager.

He makes contact with vulnerable children and encourages them to take their lives while he watches them through a webcam, she said."

Such Internet predators do not only go after children, but also go after people of all ages who are going through difficult times in their lives.  They will most often attack the young and the elderly, but anyone going through a hard time is subject to these attacks.

Current laws offer little protection, but new laws are being presented to combat the problem.  Some websites offer the ability to block problem users to help combat the problem and more are following their lead.  The FBI and Interpol have teamed up against Internet predators so international borders no longer protect these predators.  In the U.S, the division is called IC3.  Here is a link where cyber crime can be reported in the U.S.

Here is a link where cyber crime can be reported in Canada.

Here are a coup0le links where cyber crime can be reported in the U.K.

Here is the area dealing with cyber crime on the main Interpol site.

The level of protection continues to increase, but many are still at risk.  Cyber crimes against persons also deal with identity theft and human trafficking.  Children should be supervised at all times while they are using the net.


Uploaded 05/31/2011
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