A Woman’s Guide to Identifying Psychopaths, Part 4
Psychopathy is part of an r-selected strategy involving bearing many offspring but investing little effort in raising them. It’s the opposite of a K strategy, which involves having fewer offspring but investing a lot in them. If practicing an r strategy, getting a new mate becomes very important because breeding more is often the primary way to increase one’s odds of passing on one’s genes. Promiscuity and superficial charm help psychopaths acquire new partners, and their cold-heartedness makes them not want to bond with partners or invest in their kids. These behaviors are more conducive to polygamy, which according to genetic research was lower among the ancestors of whites and East Asians and higher among other human groups.
According to a metanalysis by Richard Lynn of Ulster University, psychopathy is higher among r-selected races — blacks, Amerindians, and to some degree Hispanics — and lower among K-selected races — whites and East Asians, being slightly lower among the latter than the former.
Evidence suggests psychopathy is not a mental disorder, but a phenotype. This is because mental disorders are correlated with left-handedness, but psychopaths are no likelier to be left-handed than the average person. Psychopaths are sort of a parallel species within a species. Perhaps the worse health of psychopaths is not due to bad DNA, but having this parallel phenotype.
Some races score higher on certain psychopathy-linked genes than others. For example, rs909525 (see the top graph in Figure 1) is linked with psychopathy and is most common among Asians. Meanwhile, rs1042778 (see bottom graph in figure 1) is most common among Africans. It would be interesting if researchers could reach some level of understanding about which genes are more common in which populations, and how they affect their behavior as individuals and collectively.
Being r-selected pertains to investing a lot in mating and little in one’s children. Amerindians, Africans, and Middle Eastern people have more of an r-selected behavioral profile, along with higher levels of psychopathy. Men tend to have more of an r-selected sexual orientation than women, so it is not surprising that men are about twice as likely to be psychopaths.
As evidence of men being more r-selected and focused more on breeding than women, men are much more interested in dating than women. This is extremely pronounced these days on dating sites, but was always the case to some extent. For example, one study conducted on a college campus showed that while 75% of men said yes to sex with an unfamiliar female who requested it, 0% of women said yes to an unfamiliar man requesting sex. In light of this, I have no idea why companies let women do 80% of the jobs in human resources and recruiting. This is probably the reason for a good portion of male unemployment and the blackballing of many men’s careers, since they screen almost double the number of entry-level people as either HR, recruiters, or references. Some men, such as Elon Musk, simply start their own companies and get around them that way, but not all are this resourceful.
Just as psychopaths have more in common sexually with men, they show numerous other traits associated with men as well, including being less emotional, committing more crimes, blinking less, having a reduced startle reaction, staying up later (in the case of young but not older men), drinking more beer, and being more likely to display sexual perversions. Clearly, their behavior has something to do with a superabundance of traits associated with male sexual success.
Female psychopaths differ from the males insofar as they are more emotional than male psychopaths. According to one source, “female psychopaths appear to be more prone to anxiety, emotional problems, and promiscuity than male psychopaths.” Some psychologists argue that female psychopathy is sometimes diagnosed with borderline personality disorder instead — “characterised by poorly regulated emotions, impulsive reactions, and outbursts of anger.” This might explain why most studies show that rates of psychopathy are lower in females.
Political conservatives exhibit more psychopathic traits than liberals on average, according to one study. It’s not a very good study, however, because political conservatism is a multifaceted set of beliefs, just as psychopathy is a multifaceted set of behaviors. It’s a many-to-many relationship, and the authors would have been smarter to compare these collections of beliefs in more discrete sets that are one-to-one. For example, they could have simply compared the preference for less government intervention in the economy with only the affective aspects of psychopathy, including lacking remorse and being callous. Comparing one set of beliefs with another doesn’t tell you much when those beliefs are collections of constructs that don’t necessarily go together. My guess is that facet 2 traits correlate with mainstream conservatism — namely cold-heartedness, lack of remorse, etc.
One study claims that both white identitarians (WI) and people exhibiting “Political Correctness-Authoritarianism” (PCA) are higher than average in psychopathy. WI includes groups like the Alt Right, and PCA includes Leftist groups such as antifa that support using street violence to suppress their opposition. The correlation of each belief with psychopathy was basically the same: 0.47 for WI and 0.46 for PCA. Similarly, the authors claim there is no correlation between psychopathy and holding Leftist identity which opposes street violence and intimidation tactics, which the authors dub “Political Correctness-Liberalism,” or PCL.
One question that the study doesn’t answer is how WI compares with mainstream conservatism (MC), which other studies have shown to correlates with psychopathy. WIs’ cold-heartedness manifests itself differently than MCs’. Whereas WI want racial homogeneity, MC want behavioral homogeneity. For example, MC individuals such as Charlie Kirk were angry at the black gymnast Simone Biles for boycotting the 2020 Olympics. Even though she won a gold in 2016 and was doing it for the second time, which most gymnasts don’t do, they had a total lack of empathy for her despite having never done it themselves. In contrast, WI would probably be more forgiving toward Biles for not being able to compete, but they wouldn’t want her to represent them because she’s black and they’re not. At least with WI there is an in-group which receives better treatment. MCs, on the other hand, have a purely behavioral in-group and show no mercy toward those who can’t live up to expected behaviors — even if they are harsh, such as working in a miserable Amazon warehouse job that is so harsh that one is forbidden from taking bathroom breaks.
I suspect the higher levels of psychopathic traits among white identitarians and mainstream conservatives reflect levels of psychopathy at or below the threshold for the average criminal in the United Kingdom who is a 17 on the revised psychopathy checklist because I can’t think of any WI who score higher than that based on what I know of them. I can think of several who score between 10 and 17, but none scoring as high as the 25-30 necessary to be considered a full-blown psychopath. Scoring 10 to 17 may make somebody a jerk, but it doesn’t make him a psychopath.
I’m curious as to whether political apathy correlates with psychopathy. My guess is that apathetic people are not more psychopathic than the average, which is disturbing, because white apathy is a much stronger cause of white extinction than the machinations of Jews, non-whites, etc.
What’s more, the notion that Leftist opponents of violence are no more psychopathic on average seems to corroborate Kevin MacDonald’s claim that whites are destroying themselves with pathological altruism toward people outside their group. The more psychopathic Rightists are perhaps the savvy ones trying to stop them from doing it.
An Asian writer for Psychology Today, Preston Ni, claims that racism (meaning white identitarianism) is associated with what he calls “situational psychopathy,” or a tendency to act psychopathically toward an outgroup. This is ironic given that Ed Dutton has found that East Asians are more ethnocentric than whites. While ethnocentric whites and antifa whites are reportedly likelier to be psychopathic, whites overall are less psychopathic than either Hispanics or blacks. This suggests that the narrative popular among many white identitarians that whites are naïve is correct, because they are naïve insofar as they aren’t as psychopathic as more ethnocentric Hispanics and blacks, who are essentially transforming America into a Latin American nation.
It should be noted that although dissident Right people may exhibit higher levels of psychopathy, they also exhibit higher levels of religiosity on average, which is negatively correlated with psychopathy.
Prisoners are much more likely to be psychopaths. According to one study:
The best current estimate is that just less than 1% of all noninstitutionalized males age 18 and over are psychopaths. This translates to approximately 1,150,000 adult males who would meet the criteria for psychopathy in the United States today. And of the approximately 6,720,000 adult males that are in prison, jail, parole, or probation, 16%, or 1,075,000, are psychopaths. Thus, approximately 93% of adult male psychopaths in the United States are in prison, jail, parole, or probation.
I disagree with this analysis. More than 7% of psychopaths roam free. How else do we explain corporate boards?
According to one study which I remember seeing but can’t relocate, prisoners tend to be uglier than the average man — except for psychopaths, who look no worse. Another study found that women viewed psychopathic men as more attractive than the average man, so perhaps incarcerated psychopaths, though they are not ugly, are worse-looking than free psychopaths.
Psychopaths are 1% of the United States population, but account for 30% of murderers. This means they are 30 times more likely to commit murder than the average man. If psychopaths — and presumably white psychopaths — were a nation, they would have the highest murder rate in the world; specifically, 60/100,000, which is higher than El Salvador (52/100,000) or Jamaica (44/100,000), the next-highest. For the sake of comparison, the murder rate among normal white Americans is only 2/100,000.
Most psychopaths are not serial killers or murderers. Overall, about 4% of psychopaths murder somebody during their lifetime. It’s still a disturbingly high rate. Being in a relationship with one is like playing a game in which four people are rolling dice, and the person who gets the lowest number is playing Russian Roulette with a six-shot revolver. The 1/24 odds don’t mean certain death, but it’s not exactly a game most people would want to play.
Many would point out that whites in the Medieval Age had a murder rate of 18/100,000, which isn’t as high as psychopaths’ 60/100,000, but is still much higher than the 2/100,000 of whites today. I hypothesize that the reason for this is, first, that poverty brings out the worst in people, and people were poorer then; second, medieval legal authorities were less competent and served as less of a deterrent; and third, there has been a genetic shift in the white population away from factor 2 psychopathy, which is more associated with impulsivity and criminality, to factor 1 psychopathy, associated with cold-heartedness, narcissism, and dishonesty. For what is this newfangled political correctness but dishonesty?
According to one metanalysis, there isn’t much of a relationship between IQ and psychopathy, there being high variability in psychopaths’ IQ, but on average psychopaths had slightly lower IQs.
While psychopaths don’t have a higher average IQ than the general population, they are more cunning. The reason is that they see other people as tools to be used. In discussing his murders, Ed Kemper analyzes his proficiency in carrying them out rather than trying to imagine what his victims’ perspectives were. Kemper’s technique was to pick up college girl hitchhikers, drive them to a secluded location, and murder them. News got around that women were going missing, so to quell prospective passengers’ concerns when he approached them, he’d glance at his wristwatch, making them think he was a disinterested businessman in a hurry to go somewhere. According to him, this made them think he was an important person and thus trust him enough to get in his car. Later, when the police were searching his closet for illegal firearms, not yet aware that he was a murder suspect, they were about to open a box containing one of his victim’s belongings, but he said something like, “Now I remember — I left my gun in my car!” He then led the officer out to his car, where he had the gun, and the officer never returned to look inside the box.
Young people typically score higher in the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised than older people. There are two reasons for this, in my estimation.
The first is that people who are subclinically psychopathic tend to be more psychopathic when younger. Mike Tyson is a flagrant example of this, as he seeks to distance himself from who he was when he was younger. It’s sad, because while training under Cus D’Amato he seemed like a good kid, but as a young adult the fame went to his head, and he became a person he didn’t like. Of course, it probably helps to be psychopathic if one is a boxer, because they have higher pain tolerance and it provides a killer instinct in the ring, and to some extent such a violent sport may tend to coax this tendency out in a person. But part of it does seem to be that being young makes men behave worse — particularly African-American men, as the ones ages 18-45 commit many more crimes than those who are older. Young people displaying mild signs of psychopathy probably mellow with age, but outright psychopaths don’t. They may become more conformist, but their families report that they don’t mellow with age, and in fact often worsen.
The second reason is that children are more psychopathic than ever, and I don’t believe it’s entirely due to psychopathic people outbreeding others. This may be part of the reason, as men higher in factor 1 psychopathy might have been outbreeding those higher in factor 2 over the past few centuries (I’ll cover that in another article), but some of it is likely due to the effects of divorce on children. When a child must cope with a chaotic, ever-changing home environment thanks to one or both parents introducing them to a carousel of step-parents, they learn that even if they behave themselves, it doesn’t matter. They learn that the step-parents who ae here today may be gone tomorrow, so there’s no point in forming a relationship with them — or other people, for that matter. This makes them more callous to others in general. Plus, regardless of how well they act, their parent or parents will continue making their lives unstable. This makes them more irresponsible. To make matters worse, divorced parents often compete with each other for their child’s affection. This makes the children exhibit more of a grandiose sense of self-worth.
Finally, children of divorced parents learn that authority figures don’t care about their well-being. For example, a stepparent is 50 times more likely to murder his stepchild than a biological parent is. Most stepparents probably support their stepchildren, but not as instinctively or to the same extent on average as biological parents. Given that they see their parents are impersonal and don’t care as much about them, it isn’t surprising that children of divorce have trouble following the law. Studies show that divorce unilaterally increases crime rates by 9%. In sum, I’m guessing that millennials are more psychopathic on average than their boomer parents, in part because boomers subjected them to step-parents, whereas the “Greatest Generation,” which bore the boomers, divorced at much lower rates, something like 10% instead of 50%. But hey, boomers got to have their free love, didn’t they? All you need is love, according to that one song — regardless of the consequences.
Psychopaths have lower income on average than non-psychopaths. This may have to do with them being less responsible in terms of obtaining the necessary education to perform high-paying jobs in the medical field and tech.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) correlates with some attributes of factor 2 psychopathy, including “blame externalization, rebellious nonconformity, and carefree nonplanfulness,” but negatively with the “stress immunity and coldheartedness” typical of factor 1 psychopathy. Thus, if ADHD correlates with psychopathy, it is with the antisocial-impulsive or factor 2 kind. This makes sense, since factor 2 psychopathy and ADHD are negatively correlated with income.
Psychopaths also have lower household debt than non-psychopaths. Given that factor 2 facet 3 entails irresponsibility, this seems counterintuitive. One must wonder whether the study accounted for the fact that African-Americans, and to a lesser extent Hispanics, have higher rates of psychopathy but attended college at lower rates until about 2016, when affirmative action started to get them in at about the same rates. In any case, given that psychopaths have less debt, debt forgiveness is an attractive idea.
People who live in urban areas are more likely to be psychopaths. City life is more stressful. Similar to what John B. Calhoun observed among overcrowded rats, perhaps cities make people more psychopathic, or lure more psychopaths to them because there are more opportunities for criminal behavior there. Perhaps it’s a bit of both.
According to researcher Ryan Murphy, the states with the highest percentages of psychopaths are, from highest to lowest, the District of Columbia (DC), Connecticut, California, New Jersey, New York, Wyoming, Maine, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Illinois. The states with the lowest psychopathy, from lowest to highest, are West Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Montana, Mississippi, Indiana, Oregon, and New Hampshire.
It’s not immediately apparent just how much more psychopathic the most psychopathic states are relative to the least. My explanations for this are as follows. (They are rather tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken literally.)
Washington, DC probably ranks higher due to a combination of the high numbers of African-Americans, as well as government workers, since civil servants are among the professionals most likely to be psychopathic.
Connecticut is home a lot of rich people originally from New York City who made their money in finance, another highly psychopathic field.
California may be psychopathic because of the entertainment industry being located there. Maybe those who make California dreams come true are more likely to give people nightmares. Harvey Weinstein, anyone?
Together, New York and New Jersey are the financial capital of the world, and people in finance are more likely to be psychopaths. There are also a lot of blacks in the urban areas, and blacks are more likely to be psychopaths.
Wyoming doesn’t make sense since it doesn’t fit with the rest, but oddly enough, a man yelled at me for no reason while I was passing through there.
Maine is another one that doesn’t make sense, especially given that it’s close to New Hampshire and Vermont, which are among the least psychopathic.
Wisconsin makes somewhat more sense, because the breweries in Milwaukee lure people who like beer, and psychopaths tend to like beer because they tend to like bitter-tasting victuals and are more likely to be alcoholics.
Nevada makes sense, too, because it has Las Vegas, which is known as “Sin City” for all its casinos and prostitution.
Illinois has Chicago, and big cities have more psychopaths on average. Let’s not forget Chicagoans such as Tony Rezko, Billy Ayers, and the other dirtbags who helped to propel Obama to fame.
Regarding the least psychopathic states, West Virginia is probably the poorest, whitest state. This is odd, as psychopathy negatively correlates with income. Maybe the study which found that psychopaths have lower incomes didn’t account for African-Americans being poorer and more psychopathic, thus skewing the numbers. Perhaps psychopathy negatively correlates with income only among whites. It wouldn’t surprise me.
Vermont elected Bernie Sanders, but is also home to the Libertarian Free State project. I can’t make sense of that.
Tennessee is home to that nice guy James Edwards, and Southerners in general are known for their hospitality.
North Carolinians are also kind Southerners, except perhaps for the black ones, because one of them murdered Michael Jordan’s father. (This was tragic, since Jordan’s family moved there to get away from the blacks in New York City.)
The urban jungle seems to be the habitat of modern psychopaths, and they’re likelier to hail from real jungles in South America and Africa. Funnily enough, though, the opponents and supporters of white survival are allegedly more psychopathic on average. They are engaged on opposite sides of a primal struggle for white existence.
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