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Why psychopaths make such bad first impressions – New research shows why psychopaths fail the first impression test. The results paint a negative picture of interpersonal interactions with individuals scoring highly on any Dark Tetrad traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, and sadism).(r/psychology)
My $0.02 from personal experience. Prior to going into psychology, my previous line of work brought me to work with quite a few narcissists and a couple psychopaths. So the following is based on years of real world experience + my academic understanding of the topic. To answer your question, I’ll compare some subtle differences in behavior.
Psychopaths: Their focus is “outward target focused” and getting what they want at all cost, even to the detriment of looking good even initially. Their behavior is more predatory, even from the very first impression. The name of the game is to find out as much information about you as possible to quickly assess if you’re a good target and if so what your vulnerabilities are so they can manipulate you and proceed with their goals. They seek out a vulnerable target who is emotionally “weak” or lacking something in their life, do “recon” and get as much information as possible to find their angle, use flattery and slights to keep their target off-balance so they can control them and get what they want. In their initial assessment of you if they see that you’re not giving them…