I make more than the rest of my family combined, yet I’m always looking for handouts. I pay my debts only when the proverbial gun at my head. As a psychopath, I always take more than I give. I, and my brethren, are delightfully parasitic. When you think of a parasite, you undoubtedly think of something like a mosquito. It draws blood from its host and gives nothing in return. It must do so in order to live. However, the host rarely cares about the well-being of the bloodsucker.
This parasitic ability is found in nearly all of the psychopath’s actions. From the one-sided relationship with benefits to the power dynamics exerted in business, the psychopath at all times looks for ways to receive more than they give. Neurotypicals think of symbiotic relationships and exchanges of power where each party gives reciprocally to that which they receive. This is unheard of for the psychopath unless there is a benefit to be had in the grand scheme of things.
In my own life it is difficult to point to any one event that exemplifies the parasitic mindset that I possess. These days, I still find myself being a parasite toward those that I do not have full respect for, and even those that I do (although with less malicious intent). Ultimately though, my marriage is a good example of my ways, however. I wooed my ex-husband with the greatest flattery and charm and then disregarded him when we actually became married. I would rarely cook; knowing that he would. I would not run errands; knowing that he would. And, I would spend his income as if it were my own without ever exposing my own pursestrings (I knew that he was privy to frugality). Ultimately he would leave after I bled him dry of coin and mind.
As with all traits that are measured by appropriate diagnostic tools, the trait must have been exhibited in a pervasive fashion. No one event can cause an individual to test positive for psychopathy. I feel that of the many traits that form the condition, this parasitic mindset is one that permeates the most. Lying, manipulation, and a lack of empathy fuel the psychopath’s parasitic ways. As we will see later, multiple marriages become common as the psychopath bleeds one spouse dry only to find another. Psychopaths are human leeches.
No, the host may not be concerned with the health of its nuisance. That said, it is not personal when a leech attaches itself to its host. It seeks its nutrients in anyway possible and it has evolved to take it by force. The psychopath is merely a parasitic savant, choosing targets to bleed dry in order for its own survival. He knows no other way. The psychopath’s bloodsucking ways have no benefit to those they choose to feed on. Ultimately, the host must remove its own parasite. Otherwise, they will be bled dry before the leech moves onto its next target.