We know that psychopaths lack remorse, empathy, ethics, and a conscience. They lie with absolute clarity for whatever appeases them and their lifestyle. They are almost like an unscrupulous chameleon showing their mask of normalcy for most of the world to see, but wait for the opportunity to strike out against unsuspecting victims.
Crime seems to be a logical choice for many of these types of individuals – of course not all. I think it’s extremely important to study the habits and signatures of psychopaths in relation to crimes being committed. That means all types of crimes, not just the violent ones. There is much more to learn about this “subculture” of our society. If we pay close attention, psychopaths will allow us glimpses into their personality and impulses.
It seems for the most part, criminals have some type of code among themselves, but psychopaths don’t show any loyalty to groups, codes, or principles.
How can this type of individual that lacks impulse control that has an egocentric view of the world be successful at committing crimes?
Many of them commit crimes ranging in a broad spectrum of embezzlement, theft, assault, extortion, armed robbery, murder, and crimes against the state such as espionage, treason, and terrorism.
Psychopaths have an uncanny readiness to take advantage of any situation. They have a combination of lack of internal control, namely a conscience, and living for the moment that makes for a perfect formula of crime.
Why you ask, do I prefer to study and write about such individuals?
I find it fascinating that a group of people can cause so much distress among all areas of society. I believe that there’s more to learn and that we’ve just scratched the surface into their motivations and impulsive nature. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of psychopaths for study.
You can read how I incorporated this type of behavior into my EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES.
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