PSYCHOPATHS ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
Watching movies like American Psycho or reading about the likes of John Wayne Gacy might suggest that all psychopaths have a few literal skeletons in their closet. However, some might partake in white-collar crime as opposed to more violent acts, meaning you’re more likely to be swindled by them than physically hurt.
Many criminals commit crime because of a drug addiction or as a result of a violent childhood, but for psychopaths, the impulse largely stems from a disconnection from society. Hare writes: ‘Crime is less the result of adverse social conditions than of a character structure that operates with no reference to the rules and regulations of society.’