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Surefire Signs Someone in Your Family Is a Psychopath (and What to Do About It)

You’ve certainly heard the term “psychopathy” thrown around before, though you probably don’t know that much about what it really is. Those who have this personality disorder have little regard for others. When these behaviors are particularly dangerous or destructive, the person is referred to as psychopathic.

So, how do you recognize a psychopath, especially if it’s someone in your family who has these traits? Here are the signs you need to watch for, and some advice on how to deal with it.

1. They’re a great liar

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Family Looking At Artifacts In Glass Case On Trip There are about 1.5 million psychopathic men in the U.S. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

Here’s the thing about psychopaths — they might not lie more often than others. But with practice, they can learn how to be some of the best truth stretchers you’ve ever heard.

BioMed Central reports those with psychopathic traits are actually able to learn how to lie better over time with practice, according to a study in the journal Translational Psychiatry. When you lie, your brain works really hard to suppress the true information and reverse it so you can come up with a false story. In those with psychopathic traits, their brains don’t have to work as hard to do this — especially when they do it often.

Next: Psychopaths can typically be found breaking the rules. 

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