The diary of a psychopath, day 1 (#15/365)

Psychopaths used more conjunctions like “because,” “since” or “so that,” implying that the crime “had to be done” to obtain a particular goal. They used twice as many words relating to physical needs, such as food, sex or money, while non-psychopaths used more words about social needs, including family, religion and spirituality. Unveiling their predatory nature in their own description, the psychopaths often included details of what they had to eat on the day of their crime.

Past as prologue: Psychopaths were more likely to use the past tense, suggesting a detachment from their crimes, say the researchers. They tended to be less fluent in their speech, using more “ums” and “uhs.” The exact reason for this is not clear, but the researchers speculate that the psychopath is trying harder to make a positive impression, needing to use more mental effort to frame the story. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a monologue by a psychopath explaining their crime using the language cues above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that you feel guilty about.

Art Prompt: Criminal

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the psychopaths that are around us in everyday life.

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3 Responses to Prompt #241 How Psychopaths Talk

  1. Your Daddy says:

    There is one type of PSYCHOpath who uses his destructive energy ONLY sexually, this type of sociopath or sexual psychopath is otherwise known as sexopath, please check or contact “” to find out if you are dealing with a sexopath!

  2. What a great prompt! I’d definitely like to get my teeth into this (to use psychopath talk 😀 ) Have followed your blog x

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