by Jon Atack
The human predator creates abusive relationships and toxic groups. Predators hunt and trap others. They have no concern for anyone’s welfare except their own.
Predators are not hard to recognize:
- They are utterly selfish. They pretend friendship and love, but feel absolutely nothing for others.
- Predators are charming and good at flattery, but they don’t mean a word of it.
- They brag and boast and make up outrageous lies. When challenged, they pass the blame.
- Predators are impulsive and easily bored. They demand thrills and take dangerous risks. They enjoy pushing others into taking dangerous risks, too.
- They are bullies with explosive tempers. They enjoy humiliating people. They hate it if anyone else has power or is admired.
- Predators weaken people with insults and putdowns.
- They are cunning and manipulative. They lie easily and think nothing of breaking a promise.
- Predators are without conscience: they do not feel remorse or guilt, and often boast about the harm they’ve done.
- They are lazy and live off others, giving as little as possible in return.
- Predators are control freaks, stopping others from taking control of anything if they can, and forcing petty rules on people – rules that are impossible to follow, because they want to enjoy their sense of control.
- They will boast about breaking the law.
Any of these characteristics is a warning sign. If someone has most of them, then they are a predator. Good people behave badly sometimes, but bad people – predators – behave badly all the time. They mimic friendly behavior, but they could not care less about you or your feelings.
The Science is New
We are only beginning to understand the predatory personality. Although predators pose the greatest threat to society, we must not witch-hunt them. Those who are violent must be kept out of society, but not mistreated. Our overloaded prisons too often allow predators to spread their anti-social, selfish behavior. They corrupt others by creating a cycle of abuse and injury, and leave prison without being rehabilitated.
There is strong evidence that violent psychopaths have under-developed brains, so cannot be held fully responsible for their actions (see Kent Kiehl’s Psychopath Whisperer).
We need to be warned about the potential danger of narcissists, so they should be labeled, and, if possible, educated into understanding their disorder.
We may be at the beginning of a great social transformation. By isolating and recognizing the human predator, we can solve many of our problems. Nothing is more important to human welfare than taking power away from selfish, anti-social people. Please help us to spread the word!