A psychopath is a very convincing liar and can/and does cause great harm to those whom he/she choose to target. Tim Field, author of Bully in sight and Bullycide: death at playtime, estimated that one person in thirty (male or female) is a what he called, a “serial bully”. The best way to “protect” yourself is to learn as much as possible about individuals who have a need to hurt others by for.ex., belittle and/or destroy the reputations of others. The serial bully, Here
Psychopathy is a genetic disorder, Twins Study Finds Genetic Cause For Psychopathy Here which is why we also find these “bullies” at school, where they torment classmates, sometimes tragically, even to death. The disorder does not change with age, Genetic effects explain the stability of psychopathic personality from mid- to late adolescence Here and although there haven’t been a lot of studies done on older adults, a study from 2007 found that “The three most frequently cited crimes of elderly patients with ASPD are sexual offenses (81.2%), fraud (58.0%) and assault (49.3%).” Antisocial personality disorder in older adults. A qualitative study of Dutch forensic psychiatrists and forensic psychologists Here
Punishment is not a deterrent as these individuals have problems with processing emotions such as fear which is why they plan and/or commit acts that a person with a conscience and empathy would never dream of doing, let alone go through with it. To quote Dr. Robert Hare, “The majority of people and therefore workplaces are easy prey, because we still want to believe that people are inherently good. We don’t really want to believe that such people exist.” These individual do not learn from past “misstakes” either which is why they make the same “misstake” over and over again, hence the “serial bully”.
Some recommended reading; Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by; Dr. Robert Hare, Snakes in Suits – when psychopaths go to work by; Babiak & Hare, The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People by George K. Simon Jr. The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain, by James Blair, et. al. and the following articles, What “Psychopath” Means by, Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz Here and Psychopaths & sycophants Here
The more you know about these disordered individuals that walk among us, the better you can protect yourself.