(01/11/13) - Not quite a psychopath, but just a little "off". If that describes someone you know, they may be what the authors of a new book called "Almost Psychopath".
It could be a co-worker, one of your friends, even a family member. You know something is not right. They may not suffer from a true mental disorder, but the men you are about to meet say they could still be categorized as almost psychopaths.
Psychopaths have a chronic mental disorder that causes abnormal or violent social behavior. The book "Almost Psychopath" says top jobs for psychopaths include lawyers, journalists, surgeons and chefs.
Co-author, Dr. Ron Schouten, of Harvard Medical School, says "'almost psychopaths' are people who show a lack of empathy and indifference to right or wrong."
His partner, James Silver, a criminal defense attorney says "it's hard to imagine, but think about a person that doesn't care about anybody but themselves."
Silver believes about one in seven people fit the description. "We're confident that there are tens of millions of almost psychopaths in the united states. And these are people that you have to deal with."
Silver and Shouten says the signs to watch for are superficial charm, arrogance, pathological lying and a lack of remorse.
In relationships, Shouten says, "almost psychopaths" may come on strong, "so suddenly you find yourself in a relationship going much too fast and you are the giver and they are consistently the taker."
Also called "successful psychopaths", at work they may cozy up to you just to steal your ideas.
"They're not really interested in helping the team, they are only interested in helping themselves, then in the end they try to take credit for more than they should," Silver says.
And, he adds, these people are very hard to avoid. "I'd say there's no way to never deal with an almost psychopath. The idea though is to understand that it isn't your fault if you've been fooled."
If you're worried you might be almost a psychopath yourself - relax. The fact that the idea concerns you at all is a good sign that you're not one. But if you take pride in the idea, you could have a problem.
For more information about the book, visit www.THEALMOSTEFFECT.COM .
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