What personality type are psychopaths

16 Personality Types – Most Is Likely to Be a Psychopath? – Psych3Go

Disclaimer: The MBTI is a personality inventory designed to roughly identify a person’s personality type, split into 16 categories. As such, it may contain some slight inaccuracies, so take it as a list of rough tendencies rather than strict classifications.

Further Disclaimer: This article is not made to attack anyone who may display these signs or anyone diagnosed with psychopathy, but rather to understand them and bring more awareness to the topic! With that said, let’s get started!

All MBTI types have a host of pleasant traits and strengths, but they carry with them some weaknesses and negative traits too.

And in these dark tendencies, there can be latent psychopathic urges that may emerge out of circumstance.

Dr. Prakash Masand, a psychiatrist and founder of the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, noted these traits as commonly shared among people with psychopathic tendencies:

  • socially irresponsible behavior
  • disregarding or violating the rights of others
  • inability to distinguish between right and wrong
  • difficulty with showing remorse or empathy
  • tendency to lie often
  • manipulating and hurting others
  • recurring problems with the law
  • general disregard towards safety and responsibility

While the traits above don’t encapsulate one MBTI type, there may be some habitual connections that can show a pattern, especially for unhealthy MBTI types.

Let’s look down the list and see how the 16 types could fare as psychopaths.


ISTP – A lot of the things an ISTP enjoys don’t actively involve people, and they may even find it that people get in the way of their goals. As such, their antisocial tendencies make them likely candidates have psychopathic tendencies. 

INFJ – INFJs are naturals in getting to the root of people’s hearts, moving them with their words and mannerisms. While many INFJs come from a perspective of empathy and goodness towards others, more than a few can have harmful ideals and distorted intentions that are potent in influencing a group of people.

ISFJ – ISFJs are one of the types who are very unlikely to be psychopaths. They are nurturing, loyal, and caring. The only time when a psychopathic tendency may emerge from the ISFJ is when they get too controlling or possessive over their partner, relying on manipulation to get their way.

ISFP – Impulsive and with a desire for freedom, ISFPs are possible candidates. They may not be the best planners and strategists, but they are physical thrill-seekers that care little about risk. If their values side with something immoral, it’s very easy for them to go the wrong path and harm others along with it.

INTJ – Think of a villain in the top of a high-rise gray skyscraper, whose floors below were filled with goons and traps for your every disadvantage in making your way to the top. That villain? The INTJ. An INTJ is more than likely to be schemers, plotters, and conniving overseers with their penchant for strategy and their low incidence of emotions in their main function stack. As a psychopath, they’d have no problem letting others do the dirty work for them.

ISTJ – ISTJs may not be the mafia boss, but they’re the essential troublemakers that get the dirty work done with their ability to do routinary yet crucial, mentally-challenging tasks. They can be cold and detached, making them prone to have psychopathic tendencies or at least be swayed to reveal it if an influential force persuades them to the dark side.

INFP – It’s hard to imagine an INFP as the steroretypical psychopath; they’re just too kind-hearted and sensitive to take up the role of harming and hurting others. If they do end up in the psychopathic route, however, they’d probably do it for a cause that is for a common good or for a value that’s driven on justice or ideals, which admittedly may be hard to wrap our head around. Think of a hostage taker who’s had a change of heart and went out of their way to free their hostages without consulting their fellow criminals – an INFP would be the most likely type to do that as they tend to swing their own little chaotic way.

INTP – Cold logisticians, they are great rationalists that have varying degrees of sociability depending on who you’re talking to. They’re open-minded and take into account all possibilities, but there’s always an underlying logical reason on what they do. And since they’re feeling functions are not at the top of their stacks, they can at whim choose to uphold logic over empathy, promoting psychopathic tendencies to an extent in the process.


ENTJ – Natural planners, ENTJs have a commanding presence that can be felt in a crowd. An ENTJ’s ambition and power-hungry tendencies allow them to naturally take up major roles, which is something they love. With this desire to lead, an unhealthy ENTJ can easily forgo the rights of others in favor of the end result, getting things done their way selfishly for their end goal. 

ENFP – A free-spirited individual, people can sort of pinpoint what energy an ENFP exudes since their mannerisms are open gestures and indicative tone shifts. This can make it harder for ENFPs to possess psychopathic tendencies since most of the “dark” energy they harbor is mostly feelings within themselves rather than something that is imposed on others.

ESFP – Free-spirited and present-focused, an ESFP loves the thrill of action and can have little regard towards others if they don’t find it fun or gratifying at the present moment. This self-servicing attitude can be rooted in a greedy desire for their own fun, which can justify them to do selfish and potentially psychopathic actions.

ESTJ – An ESTJ is like a cold businessman or bossy authority head that only thinks of driving revenue to the bottom line. They know how to capitalize on people’s skills and have a penchant for bossing others to act, and for the most stereotypically-fitting types, they do it in an almost dictatorial fashion with no regard for others. Very possible psychopaths.

ENFJ – They are charisma personified – capable of adapting their personality with their conversation partner. While not all ENFJs are psychopaths, their inborn charisma and ability to sway a crowd is a powerful tool that they can easily hide a sinister intention behind.

ENTP – ENTPs are often detached people that see the world through the lens of logic and possibilities, challenging these realities and ideas without much consideration for their personal values and more so for the fun of it. This makes their empathy threshold lower than most types, making it very possible for them to have psychopathic tendencies.

ESTP –  Reckless and impulsive with no regard for others, ESTPs are likely candidates to have psychopathic tendencies as well. With Introverted Thinking (Ti) as one of their main functions, they see things through their results over the impact something has on others. Many authoritarian bosses fall under this category, too.

ESFJ – Warm and compassionate, the ESFJ on the surface may outwardly exhibit non-psychopathic traits. But just like the ENFJs, they have a charisma and charm about them that can draw in a crowd, just without the ability to sustain a long-term calculated plan. They’re not the likeliest candidates to be psychopaths.  

Closing Thoughts

Does your type have psychopathic tendencies? 

Do be reminded that this post is merely for entertainment purposes and fun and not a mode for diagnosis nor an attack to any types in particular.

That’s all for now, Psych3Goers!


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  • YT: Love Who. Nov 29, 2020. Youtube. 16 Personalities – Most Likely to be a Psychopath. Retrieved at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRVSU2EfK7k&ab_channel=LoveWho

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I published a post a while ago where I asked people to take a psychopathy test on the internet and to send me their results and MBTI personality type. The respond has been amazing; 422 persons sent me their answers, and here are the results:

The test that was used in this survey consists of 27 statements, which you answer to by checking how much you feel each question applies to you on a scale that varies from “disagree” to “neutral” to “agree”. After finishing the test you receive two scores that shows where you landed on the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (LSRP), which is basically a scale on how psychopathic you are on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high). The first score is where you landed on the Primary Psychopathy scale, which consists the interpersonal and affective aspect of psychopathy. The second score is where you landed on the Secondary Psychopathy scale, which consists the social deviance aspect of psychopathy. (Link to test)

Here is a chart of how the average person from each type scored based on the answers I received:

  • ENTP         33
  • INTP          61
  • ENTJ         10
  • INTJ           84
  • ENFP         17    
  • INFP           52 
  • ENFJ          9
  • INFJ           82
  • ESTP         12
  • ISTP          13
  • ESFP*         2
  • ISFP          13
  • ESTJ          6
  • ISTJ          16
  • ESFJ          3
  • ISFJ           9

  PP= Primary Psychopathy

SP= Secondary Psychopathy

*Because of few responds from ESFPs, the statistics for this type are very uncertain.

So what is a psychopath?

A psychopath is a person with antisocial personality disorder (APD). Common traits for psychopaths are:

◦   An inability to possess feelings of regret and remorse

◦   A disregard for rules and norms

◦   A disregard for other people´s rights

◦   Tendencies to display violent behavior

Psychopaths are persons who do not have a moral compass like healthy persons do, and they do often have other personality disorders in addition linked to APD such as narcissism and sadism. Tendencies like torturing animals, bullying, using deception, and irresponsibility is often early signs at psychopathy, and they usually start showing when the person is around 15 years, but they can emerge even earlier. 

This test divides between the terms primary and secondary psychopath, and this is what we often call “psychopath” and “sociopath” in popular culture. Primary psychopathy is what most people would call the “original” psychopath. Description of primary psychopaths: “Primary psychopathy is the affective aspects of psychopathy; a lack of empathy for other people and tolerance for antisocial orientations.” This is our Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. They do often have a normal life, a family and a steady job, but all this is a part of a social mask they put on for others to hide their personality. They go under the interpersonal aspect of psychopathy, as earlier mentioned, and this is because they are very careful about showing their true self. To keep their social mask on, they do often find a victim, like a partner or a coworker, to control and mentally torture in private.

Secondary psychopath is the sociopathic type. Description of secondary psychopaths: “Secondary psychopathy is the antisocial aspects of psychopathy; rule breaking and a lack of effort towards socially rewarded behavior”. Sociopaths are more spontaneous and impulsive than the “original” psychopath, and do often live on the edge on society with criminal records.  This is our Alex from A Clockwork Orange, the Heath Ledger´s Joker, and Jim Moriarity from BBC´s Sherlock. They are not as concerned to keep their mask on, and do often display antisocial behavior. Sociopaths can form bonds with a few persons or to a group they want to protect because their psychopathic behavior is focused towards society. 

Most psychologists today do not divide the terms sociopath and psychopath anymore because a lot of people with APS show tendencies from both types, and they are caused by the same problem. The only places where they still divide between these terms are in prisons, due to different behavior. 

Most people have some psychopathic tendencies, but it´s different how many and how strong they are from person to person. APD is a mental illness, which has no known way to cure, and to label someone with this mental illness takes a bit more than asking them to take an internet test.

About the results:

Highest rating:

An ESTP was placed on 4,9 and 4,9 on both the primary and secondary scale

Lowest rating:

Both an INFJ, who was placed on 1,3 on the primary and 1,1 on the secondary scale, and an INTP who got 1 on the primary and 1,4 on the secondary scale.

ENTPs are known to be the most sociopathic type, which this something these statistics confirm.

You may have noticed the types have different colors that indicate which temperament they belong to. When you look at how the types inside each temperament, they are spread out a lot on the diagram.

Instead you can spot a clear connection between the types who shares the same rational function placed either as their dominant or auxiliary function. So I made a chart for the how the average TP, FP, TJ, and FJ scored:

(ESFPs scores not included)

It came as a bit surprising at first to me, but it is actually very logical. Both the FPs and the TPs were placed higher on the secondary psychopath scale than the Js. Perceivers are the most spontaneous types due to their Se/Ne, and are likeliest to take spontaneous decisions. Judgers on the other hand are more organized and are more likely to come up with one plan and stick to it. TJs scored the highest on the primary psychopath scale, and this is most likely due to their Te. Te is more about controlling and organizing the environment around itself, and down in the left corner you find the FJs - the least psychopathic types. Their dominant or auxiliary function is Fe, which often makes these types the most empathic in the sense of caring for other people feelings, which is the exact opposite of psychopathic behavior. 

The test

I have also received some feedback about the test. Some people complained about the statements you were asked to answer being unclear and difficult to understand, and I agree that the test was not the best. Questions like “When I get frustrated, I often “let off steam” by blowing my top.“ and ”I make a point of trying not to hurt others in pursuit of my goals.“ can be interpreted in a lot of different ways, and this is why it was important that I received a lot of answers from each type, so the inaccuracies did not affect the results too much. And this is an free internet test, so it´s expected to not be the best.

How many psychopaths answered?

It is estimated that the percentage psychopaths in the US population is between 1%-4% (fun fact: That means it is more likely to be a psychopath than an INFJ or INTJ). Most psychopaths are high functioning and manage to live a normal life. “Not all psychopaths are killers, but most killers are psychopaths” - M.E. Thomas (author of Confession Of A Sociopath). So I decided to how many persons (in percentages) got abnormal high and low results compared to the rest. I chose two limits; an upper and a lower, based on what most people answered. The lower limit was scores from and under 1.5, and the upper limit was 4 or higher.

How many who scored abnormally low: 09.4%

How many scored abnormally high: 10.4%

So how many psychopaths answered? Probably none. I received some messages where they were a bit concerned because they scored high on one of the scales, but none of you should worry. Firstly, this was a random internet test, and secondly (and most important): this is Tumblr. You would need to search for a long time before finding a real psychopath.


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We came into this world to leave a gap in the universe

, but how else, because they always achieve their goals, the word “no” is a priori absent for them or is the most powerful trigger for overcoming obstacles, revolutionaries and rebels, those who break boundaries and habitual ideas, those who came into this world to leave a gap in the universe, who cannot imagine themselves without risk and victories, daring and ruthless, I think you guessed it, we are talking about psychopaths ...

Affective profile
On a physiological level, this personality type usually has a strong nervous system and a high level of aggression, the nature of excessive aggression is still a mystery, whether it is a genetic predisposition, or excessive frustration in the earliest period of development, this is when the needs of the baby are met poorly or inappropriately, the child wants one thing, but they give another or not at all - the baby gets angry and yells incessantly, thereby accumulating the level of affect, as a result of which he develops a feeling of his own powerlessness and fear for his survival.
Thus, the basic defect of psychopaths is concentrated in the area of ​​basic trust in peace and security.

I don't try to be attractive to people. My job is to make them get better.
Steve Jobs

Implicit goal
Self-affirmation. Having experienced a terrible feeling of helplessness and powerlessness in early childhood, these people strive with all their might to never experience anything like this again, all their activities are aimed at dominating at any cost, power and control become the leading motives of their activities.

Explicit goal
The main thing here is to clothe your true need in a socially acceptable form, all those who succeed in this become idols of our time, and those whose need takes the form of pathology end up either in prison or in a psychiatric ward.
Leaders of revolutions and progress, "noble" rebels, dictators, innovators, religious missions and top managers, as well as simply disturbers of public order, in a word, any activity where you can become the first and foremost, and you can always find a noble excuse.

Words that activate the behavior and motivation of this personality type:
impossible, no, it’s accepted, these are the rules, you need to follow the established order, be like everyone else, turn back time, stop the earth, break the pattern, maybe everything, you just need to want, your rules, go beyond, leave a mark on history, make a hole in the universe, change the world, who does not risk ... and so on.

Words that should never be used in communication with this type of personality:
we are together, love, empathy, acceptance, team, unity, community, sympathy, care, compassion, service for the benefit of others, compromise, equality, etc. .

- You often play various psychopaths. How do you get back to normal after filming?
- Who said I'm coming back? Ha ha ha!
Jared Leto

Consumption style
All consumed goods and services are subject to an implicit goal - self-affirmation, uniqueness, power, dominance.

Psychopaths are extremely concerned about their own immortality, since death is considered by them as an inevitable defeat, so very often their activities are aimed at leaving a mark on history, from sad and destructive actions to incredible scientific discoveries, the collection of priceless art collections, the creation of educational institutions and so on...

But, it is very important to understand that it is the style of consumption that depends on the level of personal organization: neurotic, borderline or psychotic, as well as the social environment, upbringing and financial situation, it all depends on which attributes have the status of “self-affirmation” in a certain society, so, someone will collect the works of Malevich, and someone will collect matchboxes, objects are different, but the style and motive of consumption are the same.

That is why it is so important to endow a brand/product/service with certain attributes, because then, it is on these characteristics that the process of selection and preference takes place.

Behavior pattern
The most important thing for UX/CX to keep in mind when designing services, delivery services, retail space, website and app interfaces: all at once and instantly, do not know how to wait and delay pleasure, the slightest delay infuriates, meticulous and picky, never trust anyone, hostile and suspicious. Everything should be clear at once, to delve into, strain and make efforts - this is not for them.

If the spine is broken, a hump grows on the psyche.
Jerzy Lec

Cognitive profile
This is a kind of picture of the world, a frame or glass through which people look and perceive the surrounding reality: the world is hostile and wants to deal with you, therefore, you should always be ready to fight back.

The mind of a psychopath is always aimed at revealing lies and deceit, as well as various kinds of inconsistencies and threats, hence extreme suspicion and captiousness.

To a certain extent they have magical thinking, they believe that the world revolves around them and they are able to influence natural phenomena, events and other people, they are constantly trying to prove this, which in reality looks like flirting with danger and is associated with great risks.

Often they are subjected to various mythical cults, from fascination with religion to some kind of transcendental practices, in an attempt to acquire superpowers, up to immortality. Again, it is important to take into account the level of personality organization, the closer a person is to the psychotic level, the less contact with reality he has and the more magical thinking is expressed.

Strong contrast, bright and clear color solutions, preferred colors: black, white, gray, classic red, black and white combinations. Lots of pictures, few letters. Straight shapes and sharp corners, they hate soft tones and rounded shapes, as well as all sorts of small and intricate patterns.

In general, aesthetic preferences should reflect the dominant idea that determines the existence of this psychological type: the impossible is always possible, the brakes were invented by cowards, rebellion, expansion of boundaries.

Language of communication
Bright verbal communication, many slogans and appeals, but at the same time it is necessary to avoid patterns, false truths and platitudes, semiotics should appeal to the basic affect - self-affirmation and submission, but certainly take into account the level of personal organization and social status.

Psychopaths rarely weigh the pros and cons before doing anything. “I did it because I wanted to…
Haer Robert

Social ties which, absolutely immune to the suffering of others, physically unable to sympathize and sympathize.

It is practically impossible to drive a psychopath into a corner, to try to manipulate him or put him in front of a choice, and also to call for responsibility, especially by putting pressure on pity and appealing to conscience.

The manifestation of feelings for a psychopathic type of personality means one thing - dependence and weakness, which in their picture of the world inevitably leads to death. Friends and partners, including spouses, are a kind of trophy that confirms the status, they need to be won, and the more inaccessible the object is, the more excitement and courage the psychopath experiences, weak and malleable prey is not for them.

Area of ​​interest

Contrary to popular belief that psychopaths are serial maniacs, antisocial individuals, criminals and murderers, this is only a small fraction of the truth, basically, the inhabitants of prisons and psychiatric departments are psychopaths, whose level of personal organization is in psychotic zone, they have completely lost touch with reality and have formed delusional ideas about themselves and the reality around them, up to acute psychoses and hallucinations.

But there is a completely different category of citizens belonging to this type of personality, "snakes in suits", the so-called high-functioning psychopaths, who are mainly residents of places with the prefix VIP. The greatest concentration of the latter is observed in the highest echelons of power, politics and the corporate environment, among the global financial elite, in general, wherever you can dominate and manage, as well as make the history of the world.

“Snakes in costumes. When a Psychopath Goes to Work is a 2006 book by industrial psychologist Paul Babiak and criminal psychologist Robert Hare that explores America's corporate world of successful psychopaths and some of the most prominent members of this personality type.

"Deprived of conscience. The frightening world of psychopaths" - Robert D. Hare, criminal psychologist.

I don't suffer from my madness. On the contrary, I enjoy every minute of it!
Lemmy Kilmister

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Psychopathic (antisocial) character type


Psychopathic diagnosis is associated with a basic incapacity for human attachment and with reliance on primitive defense mechanisms. The organizing principle of the psychopathic personality is to "make" everyone or deliberately manipulate others. Reich (Reich, 1999) describes this type of character as phallic-narcissistic.

There is some evidence that people who later become antisocial have more basic aggression than others. Neurochemical and hormonal studies point to the possibility of a biological substrate for the high levels of affective and predatory aggression seen in antisocial individuals. Diagnosed psychopaths consistently show decreased autonomic nervous system reactivity, and this fact is thought to explain their constant thrill-seeking and their apparent inability to learn through experience. In short, antisocial personalities have innate tendencies towards aggressiveness and a higher than average threshold for pleasurable arousal.

As for the basic feelings that psychopathic people are concerned with, they are very difficult to determine due to antisocial people's inability to articulate their emotions .

The main defensive operation of psychopathic people is omnipotent control. They also use projective identification, many subtle dissociative processes, and acting out. The need to exert pressure is paramount. For anti-social people, the value of other personalities is reduced to their usefulness, which is determined by their willingness to endure slapping.

Psychopathic people cannot admit to themselves the presence of ordinary emotions, as they are associated with weakness and vulnerability. Due to the blocking of affect by psychopathic individuals, they lack the desire to use language to clarify feelings.

The serious social consequences of their actions usually do not cause anxiety-depressive reactions in them, and the explanations presented are striking in their inconsistency and infantilism. They are not able to establish stable relationships, seriously love and draw some conclusions for themselves from past experience. A constant sense of the legitimacy of one's behavior, the immutability of satisfying one's own needs, the absence of any reproaches against oneself and a sense of shame are characteristic. All this forms a kind of psychological complex, most accurately referred to in everyday life as shamelessness. At the same time, they completely lack thinking disorders; on the contrary, they are more likely to have an increased level of orientation in the social situation and good verbal intelligence. Their leadership qualities allow them to widely influence the behavior of others, usually with fatal consequences for the latter. Falsity sometimes helps to fool even an experienced clinician, who may not notice internal tension, irritability and hostility behind an outwardly favorable mask.

For diagnosis of psychopathic character type, the condition must correspond to at least three of the following qualities or behavioral stereotypes:

  1. callous indifference to the feelings of others, inability to empathize;
  2. distinct and persistent irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules and duties;
  3. inability to maintain stable relationships in the absence of difficulties in establishing them;
  4. extremely low frustration tolerance and a low threshold for the appearance of aggressive, including violent behavior;
  5. lack of awareness of one's guilt or inability to learn from negative life experiences, especially punishment;
  6. pronounced tendency to blame others or offer plausible explanations for behavior that leads to conflict with society;
  7. constant irritability (Popov, Vid, 2000).

Reich makes the observation that, from the point of view of physical data, this type is usually characterized by an athletic build, "an extremely uncharacteristic asthenic type", the demeanor is usually arrogant and never servile, he behaves either with restraint and coldness, or contemptuously and aggressively.

Lowen (Lowen, 2000) describes the structure of the psychopathic character as follows. The essence of the psychopathic position is the denial of feelings. It is different from the schizoid, which is disconnected from feelings. In the psychopathic personality, the ego or mind turns against the body and its feelings, especially the sexual ones.

In all psychopathic characters there is a great investment of energy in the mental image of a person. Another aspect of this personality is the desire for power and the need to dominate and control .

The body of the psychopathic type shows a disproportionate development in its upper part. This gives the impression of a puffed up person and fits his inflated ego image. We can say that this structure outweighs the top. She is also tough.

Look wary or distrustful. Such a person does not seek rapprochement with others and does not understand them. This is a characteristic feature of the psychopathic personality. For most, there is a certain amount of constriction around the diaphragm and waist that blocks the flow of energy and feelings down. The head is energetically overloaded. This means that there is an overexcitation of the mental apparatus, leading to constant thinking about how to gain control and dominance over the situation. The need for control is also directed against itself. The head is held very tightly (never lose one's head), but it, in turn, holds the body firmly in its power.

There is also marked tension in the ocular segment of the body, which includes the eyes and the occipital region. Strong muscle tension can also be felt in the cervical region along the base of the skull, in the so-called oral segment.

The last group of characters that we will consider, according to our systematization, refers to genital, cycloid (hysterical) characters that implement the strategy of moving “towards people”. These include hysterical, manic-depressive and masochistic character types.

Key words: Psychopathy, Character

Source: Malkina-Pykh I.G., Gestalt and Cognitive Therapy Techniques

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