In today’s society, people are inclined to conform to the high moral standards that they have established and developed for the betterment of their lives. The society has put together a standard of ethics and principles which are said to be needed to live within the context of universal harmony and peace. This harmony lets the society predetermine the very foundation of what we now know as good and evil; commending those that do well for and in the society while punishing those who harm the balance that keeps the world afloat.
Masters Of Disguise
Living as a psychopath within this society is a life that leads to secrecy and disguise. Labeled anti-social, they often wear social masks to enable them to blend into the environment which allows social interaction on what seems to be a standard level for the community. They have to blend into this sense of normality, a concept that the people have established to make life easier and tolerable. These kinds of concepts are complicated for a psychopath to blend in, to conform to what is right in the eyes of those that may discriminate acts that are not considered to be normal.
A psychopath may find it difficult to live in society, but it indeed is not impossible. Psychopaths may develop a sense of conformity where the laws that govern the lives of people are carefully analyzed and grasped to live a conventional life. Upon awareness of their psychopathic tendencies, psychopaths are smart enough to mold themselves into a disguise, hiding in plain sight for people not to take hints. They adjust their empathy, most often than not, faking emotions that they know are the best or the most natural emotional response to a given situation.
In addition to that “The psychopath is charming in a way that doesn’t quite add up. He is a story teller and tells tales that always place him in a good light, and the stories don’t feel totally believable. The most important point about the charm of the psychopath is that he often seems too smooth to be entirely real.” says Dr. Seth Meyers, a licensed clinical psychologist.
Master of Pretense
Gaining a greater understanding of themselves leads them to generate confidence that allows them to manipulate those that are around them. Psychopaths arm themselves with a charming personality that often comes naturally and sometimes learned from social experiences. According to psychotherapist Amy Morin, “Psychopaths are almost always well-liked. They come across as delightful people great at making small talk. Their quick wit tends to draw people to them. They usually have interesting stories as well. Their convincing tales portray them in a favorable, yet believable light. People walk away from conversations with a psychopath feeling pretty good.” Lies and deception are weapons that psychopaths use to get what they want, which are usually only for their benefit rather than the benefit of the society. They have a conscious choice of living as to how they want to live their lives, a sense of higher self-control that allows them to live according to their impulses and desires.
Master Of Puppets
The life of a psychopath is often make-believe and an assumed set of identities based on the norms of society. Theirs is a personality that is versatile in the fields of mimicry and manipulation, which they use to divert the attention of the society from suspecting their true inner nature. They condition themselves to fit the features of a person that lives a ‘normal’ life, creating an overall presentation suited to hide their real identities and intentions. “There are people who are part-way up the scale, high enough to warrant an assessment for psychopathy, but not high enough up to cause problems. Often they’re our friends, they’re fun to be around. They might take advantage of us now and then, but usually it’s subtle and they’re able to talk their way around it” says psychologist Professor Robert Hare.
Living a narcissistic life gives psychopaths a sense of power to dominate those that are around them. A puppeteer with no remorse, no guilt, and lacks a moral core that holds the strings of the people they wish to control.