Sociopaths are the most destructive personalities of the human race. Don’t you think you should know how many of them are living in your community?
If you’re in the U.S., Lovefraud.com can give you a rough idea. Just click on the “Risk Calculator” link—it’s located in the navigation bar and at the top of most pages. Plug in your zip code and you’ll know about how many predators are targeting people in your town.
Sociopaths in selected communities
- New York, NY—80,083
- Los Angeles, CA—23,560
- Phoenix, AZ—12,024
- St. Petersburg, FL—3,486
- Great Falls, MT—711
- Mankota, MN—517
- Skippack, PA—7
Dr. Robert Hare, an international expert on sociopaths (he uses the term “psychopaths”), estimates that 1% of the population of North America have the character disorder. But this is an abstraction, difficult to comprehend.
So the Lovefraud Risk Calculator performs a very simple calculation. It multiplies the population of your town, according to U.S. Census records, by 1%. This tells you, in an actual number, the threat that you face in your own community.
Among the 8 million people of New York City, for example, there are more than 80,000 sociopaths. And among the 706 people of Skippack, Pennsylvania—a chic little country crossroads town outside of Philadelphia—there may be seven sociopaths.
The demographic makeup of a particular community doesn’t matter. Sociopaths can be found among all races, all age groups, all nationalities, all income levels. There are, however, more male sociopaths than female.
Some people argue that the 1% figure is low. In her book, The Sociopath Next Door, Dr. Martha Stout states that 4% of the population are sociopaths.
Stout relies on the “antisocial personality disorder” definition put forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV by the American Psychiatric Association. This definition is broader than the one used by Dr. Hare.
But even if Stout’s antisocials don’t meet Hare’s definition of a psychopath, they are nasty people who should also be avoided. And there are more of them.
In reality, no one will ever know precisely how many sociopaths live among us. What you do need to know is that the number is huge—and they are not relegated to underprivileged communities.