Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans, espe­cially men, have anti­so­cial per­son­ality dis­or­ders and they don’t kill anyone,” Dr. Jack Levin, a Crim­i­nol­o­gist and Co-​​Director of the Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity told the Daily News. “They may lie, phys­i­o­log­i­cally they may cheat … but killing is just not their cup of tea.”

Who fits the profile?

According to the U.S. National Library of Med­i­cine (NLM) and National Insti­tutes of Health, it’s people who:

- Are able to act witty and charming

- Are good at flat­tery and manip­u­lating other people’s emotions

- Break the law repeatedly

- Dis­re­gard the safety of self and others

- Have prob­lems with sub­stance abuse

- Lie, steal and fight often

- Don’t show guilt or remorse

- Often are angry or arrogant

But it’s the rare few who take these traits to an extreme level that par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nates Levin who has spent 30 years researching crim­inal minds and once per­son­ally inter­viewed serial killer Charles Manson.

One of the major symp­toms of a sociopath is a pro­found skill at pre­sen­ta­tion of self,” he said. “The typ­ical [one] looks to the world as charming, inno­cent, decent, as an upstanding cit­izen and that’s part of the secret to his suc­cess at get­ting away with murder and rape.


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