Men with psychopathic traits tend to create favorable impressions on women, according to a new study published in Evolutionary Psychological Science. The findings indicate that psychopathy may include features that make men appear as more attractive romantic partners despite having a reduced interest in committed relationships. For their study, the researchers recruited 46 young men from a Canadian university and had them engage in a video-recorded dating scenario with a female research assistant for about 2 minutes. The assistant started the conversation by asking the participant what he liked to do on a first date or what he thought was important in a relationship. Afterward, the male participants completed assessments of psychopathy, social intelligence, and sociosexuality. The researchers then had young women view the dating videos and rate each man on general attractiveness, sexual attractiveness, and confidence.
Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous.
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Another common question people have when they start studying psychopathic personalities is whether these people can even have friends and relationships, romantic or otherwise? Are these people able to sustain friendships and intimate relationships? Are they people who can be relied and depended on? The short answer to this is that psychopaths are not able to maintain friendships, intimate relationships, or any kind of mutually appreciative, long term connection with others. Any relationships a psychopath enters are purely shallow, self serving and usually short term.
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Xanthe Mallett does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Hear the word psychopath and most of us think of violent, dominant men. There are lots of male psychopathic monsters from movies to illustrate this point. We largely expect psychopaths to be men.
It is thought that sociopaths some use the term psychopath constitute one to four percent of the population. Sociopath women are present among us, in some of our families and social groups, in some of our workplaces and in the public eye, throughout history and in literature. They may be fewer in number than male sociopaths and viewed with less fear but do we have cause to be concerned about them? Sociopathy is a disorder of personality. At it's core is a pathological level of narcissism.