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Online Psychopaths

Online Psychopathy Checklist

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iPredator, iPredopath & Doctus iPredopath

by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Online Psychopathy [aka, iPredopaths] is an Information Age criminology and human consciousness construct replacing classic sociopathy and psychopathy. iPredopathy is a severe personality disorder describing anyone who skillfully uses cyberspace to troll, identify, control and manipulate others. Driven by grandiosity or sexual perversion, they experience no remorse or guilt. Many iPredopaths do not break the law and live unscathed by law enforcement, fraternal organizations, religious institutions and the legal system. Below is this writer’s checklist of online psychopathic traits and tactics they use in cyberspace. 

Online Psychopath is iPredopath

Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths]: iPredopathy is an Information Age criminology and human consciousness construct replacing the pre-Information Age profiles of sociopathy and psychopathy. iPredopathy is an advanced stage characterological  disorder describing any adolescent to adult male or female who skillfully uses Information and Communications Technology [ICT] to troll, identify, control and manipulate their human targets. Driven by grandiosity, sexual perversion or perceptual distortion, Online Psychopaths and iPredopaths experience no remorse or shame for the harm they cause others. Just as iPredators, many iPredopaths do not break the law and live unscathed by law enforcement, fraternal organizations, religious institutions and the legal system.

Using cyberspace [aka, Internet, Darknet, Usenet] and electronic devices, Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths] design and implement their criminal, deviant, violent, deceptive and cyberstalking tactics. Their human quarries are  unsuspecting, vulnerable, submissive and internet safety ignorant children, older adults, unprepared businesses and psychologically distressed adults. Unlike the psychologically dysfunctional, developmentally immature and minimal to moderate anti-social personality disordered iPredator, Online Psychopaths do not experience guilt, remorse, shame or fear before, during or after their offline and online conquests and/or manipulative interpersonal dynamic strategies.

In addition to being devoid of remorse and shame, Online Psychopaths are extremely grandiose, habitually deceptive and highly dependent upon ICT to fuel, define and justify their dissociative perceptual fantasies. iPredopaths are similar in core beliefs to pre-Information Age psychopaths, but differ in behavioral signatures, stalking methodologies, choice of hunting environments, and psychodynamic faculties. Although at much higher rates of engaging in violent, sadistic and severely depraved behaviors than the general population, most Online Psychopaths are not homicidal, sexually perverted or overtly violent. In fact, using the persuasive and deceptive power of cyberspace, Online Psychopaths are capable of embarking upon offline opportunities endeavoring to become heads of state, corporate and community leaders, successful religious zealots and members of the political elite.

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Given most cyberspace, social media and mobile device communications are primarily non-physical contact involved, physical interactions may or may not be the Online Psychopaths ’s modus operandi. Within the next century, the Online Psychopath will become the predominant form of apex human predator as pre-Information Age psychopaths extinguish, replaced by Online Psychopaths who are ICT, social media and internet savvy. Lying upon a spectrum of dexterity, proficiency and ICT skills, the segment of Online Psychopaths most difficult to locate, identify and apprehend is Doctus iPredopath.

Unlike the less advanced iPredopath, who is reliant upon ICT and cyberspace, Doctus iPredopath is proficient and manipulative in both offline and online environments. Although Doctus iPredopath is habitually driven by perceptual distortions and grandiose fantasies, they are skilled at preventing their grandiosity from becoming a means leading to their identification and apprehension. The theoretical triad of Information Age darkside of human consciousness is iPredator, iPredopath and Doctus iPredopath [IP3].

In addition to being devoid of remorse and shame, Online Psychopaths are extremely grandiose, habitually deceptive and dependent upon ICT to fuel, define and justify their dissociative perceptual fantasies. iPredopaths are similar in core beliefs to pre-Information Age psychopaths, but differ in behavioral signatures, stalking methodologies, choice of hunting environments, and psychodynamic faculties. Although at much higher rates of engaging in violent, sadistic and severely depraved behaviors than the general population, most Online Psychopaths are not homicidal, sexually perverted or overtly violent. In fact, using the persuasive and deceptive power of the internet, iPredopaths are capable of embarking upon offline opportunities endeavoring to become heads of state, corporate and community leaders, successful religious zealots and members of the political elite.

Given most cyberspace, social media and mobile device communications are primarily non-physical contact involved, physical interactions may or may not be the Online Psychopath’s modus operandi. Within the next century, the iPredopath will become the predominant form of apex human predator as pre-Information Age psychopaths extinguish replaced by Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths and Doctus iPredopaths] who are ICT and internet savvy.

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Doctus iPredopath

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Apex Online Psychopaths

Doctus iPredopath [aka, Apex Online Psychopaths]: Doctus iPredopath is an Information Age theoretical criminology concept replacing the most successful of all pre-Information Age psychopaths [aka, traditional psychopathy]. Doctus iPredopaths are apex human predators who are Information and Communications Technology [ICT] skilled, highly intelligent, perceptually sadistic, remorseless and  masters of deception. Doctus iPredopathy defines the most proficient, elusive and skilled online psychopaths. iPredopathy is a severe form of characterological personality disorder defining  ICT skilled or reliant adults who engage in criminal, deviant and habitually deceptive online practices targeting vulnerable men, women, children and unsuspecting groups.

Unlike Online Psychopaths and iPredopaths, Doctus iPredopaths are commanders of identity cloaking, if they decide, combined with being proficient at exploiting and victimizing their human prey in both online and offline environments. Doctus iPredopaths do not fall upon a disorganized and primitive to organized and advanced continuum, as Online Psychopaths do, as their criminal acumen, ICT aptitude and sadistic appetites put them in a league of their own. All Doctus iPredopaths are highly skilled in the iPredator themed construct of Cyberstealth, as well as, the art and science of deception and calculating proficiency in manipulating their human prey. Doctus iPredopaths are capable of cloaking their true modus operandi by initially presenting themselves as harbingers of peace and social awareness.

Doctus iPredopaths [aka, Apex Online Psychopaths] can ascend to levels of becoming pillars of their communities, corporate and organizational leaders, heads of state and persuasive religious zealots. Although all iPredopaths are much more likely to implement sinister, vicious and diabolical online endeavors than iPredators, Doctus iPredopaths and Doctus iPredopath led groups are guaranteed  to methodically plot and implement their fiendish, malignant and deadly fantasies.

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Online Psychopath & iPredopath

[iP3]

Core Assumptions

I. Online Psychopaths is a characterological personality disorder describing any male or female who uses Information and Communications Technology [ICT] to engage in criminal, deviant, deceptive or cyberstalking themed behaviors for the purpose of violent, criminal, deviant and deceptive offline interactions. Unlike many iPredators, iPredopaths do not experience guilt, remorse, shame or fear before, during or after their cyber attacks.

II. Although all iPredopaths meet criteria for iPredator, most iPredators are not Online Psychopaths.

III. To meet criteria for iPredator and iPredopath, online users must meet the three criteria of iPredator as follows:  1. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. 2. The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information. 3. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

IV. Doctus iPredopath’s are the most elusive, ICT savvy, and criminally versatile within the Online Psychopath and iPredopath Group.

V. Unlike iPredopaths requiring ICT, Doctus iPredopaths are equally adept at targeting and manipulating their victims in online and offline environments.

VI. Online Psychopaths, iPredopath and Doctus iPredopath share similar traits, modus operandi and developmental histories to classic psychopaths and sociopaths, but differ significantly in their preferred arenas for hunting targets and manipulating their support system.

VII. Online Psychopaths [aka, iPredopath & Doctus iPredopath] are more likely to engage in perceptual fantasy and dissociative experiences influenced by their habitual use of Information and Communications Technology.

VIII. Given the “veil of anonymity” afforded to all online users in cyberspace, Online Psychopaths seek out other online users who will conform and validate their perceptual distortions and bizarre fantasies.

IX. Most, if not all, of an Online Psychopath’s feelings of grandiosity and narcissism are fueled by Information and Communications Technology.   

X. Although the vast majority of Online Psychopaths do not engage in violence and sexual perversion, for those who do, Information and Communications Technology and social networking sites are the prime tools and arenas used to troll, locate, and ensure physical contact.

XI. Unlike Doctus iPredopaths, iPredopaths are dependent upon Information and Communications Technology to manipulate, deceive and victimize others.

XII. Just as classic psychopaths, Online Psychopaths & iPredopaths vary in dexterity, typologies, existence of mental illness, intelligence and quantity of victims.

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Signs of Online Psychopaths

I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.
II. The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information.
III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.
IV. Uses ICT to exploit and manipulate others driven by grandiosity or severe narcissism.
V. Experiences minimal to no guilt or remorse from the harm they cause others.
VI. Cyberspace, online forums and digital environments are desired to identify and engage their target.
VII. Using the “veil of anonymity” afforded to all online users in cyberspace, online deception is their preferred weapon.

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iPredator

iPredator: iPredator is a global conceptual framework replacing pre-Information Age psychological profiles, definitions and interpersonal dynamics of individuals and groups who engage in criminal, harmful, deviant, deceitful or violent activities with Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. Although iPredators primarily use cyberspace [i.e. Internet, Darknet, Usenet, Freenet, etc.] as their primary predatory environment, all electronic and digital devices are their favored tools. Typologies and harmful online activities of iPredators  include cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber harassment, internet trolling, cybercrime, online sexual predation & cyber terrorism. The formal definition of iPredator is as follows:

iPredator: A person, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, coercion, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age or gender and are not bound by economic status, race, religion or national heritage.

iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, coercive, deviant or abusive behaviors using ICT. Central to the construct is the premise that Information Age criminals, deviants and the violently disturbed are psychopathological classifications new to humanity. Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, internet troll, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, cyber terrorist or engaged in internet defamation or nefarious cyber deception, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT.

II. The usage of ICT to obtain, tamper with, exchange and deliver harmful information.

III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology [ICT]. These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using ICT in the abstract and artificial electronic universe known as cyberspace. Therefore, as the internet naturally offers all ICT users anonymity, if they decide, iPredators actively design online profiles and diversionary tactics to remain undetected and untraceable.

Just as pre-Information Age criminals, deviants and aggressors, most iPredators have the capacity to experience remorse, guilt and shame, even if these traits are imperceptible at best. iPredators include the largest segment of humanity who engage in malevolent and deceptive online practices. They can be technologically skilled or unskilled, functional or dysfunctional, destructive or self-destructive and covert or overt in disclosing their identity. A sub-tenet of iPredator is iPredator Bridge defining online users who engage in the same aggressive and harmful online activities as iPredators, but are motivated by distorted beliefs of moral conviction. The definition of iPredator Bridge is as follows:

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iPredator Bridge

iPredator Bridge: iPredator Bridge is a theoretical tenet of iPredator representing the psychological, perceptual & behavioral trajectory of people who use Information and Communications Technology [ICT] to harm others motivate by self-righteousness, moral turpitude, religious/political/philosophical convictions and pro-social perceptual distortions. Not driven by criminal, malevolent or deviant endeavors, iPredator Bridge seeks to define why some people approach the nefarious and malevolent realm of iPredator, decide to proceed, and then continue along a trajectory where their cognitive, affective, behavioral and perceptual actions harm others or societies.

Similar to the iPredator, they are motivated by personal convictions, greed, power, control, narcissism or psychopathology. Different from the iPredator, they have yet to fully engage in criminal/deviant activities using ICT or use complex perceptual distortions to validate the harm they cause. iPredator Bridge investigates why some people draw near to this nefarious and malevolent realm and either proceed in their maladaptive trajectory or cease and desist. Hidden in cyberspace, and through ICT, they contemplate the benefits and detriments, proceed, and then continue a path where their cognitive and perceptual processes are focused upon directly or indirectly harming others. For those who cross this proverbial bridge, they enter a world where their choices are increasingly governed by criminal, deviant, immoral and maladaptive processes.

Although it is assumed all humanity, has residing deep in their psyche, the potential & Dark Psychology for behaving in harmful and malevolent ways they rarely or never activate, ICT and cyberspace offers a direct connection and psychological route to the dark side. Just as ICT and cyberspace is incredibly pro-social and beneficial to humanity, these same technological advancements can lead humanity to diabolical and sinister endeavors.

iPredator Bridge is a symbolic representation of the approach, route and initial crossing into the realm of the iPredator. In a rudimentary and abstract way, it is posited that cyberspace, ICT and all future technological advancements, related to information technology, is an extension of the mind and the instinctual drives of the collective brain to replicate itself outside a human organism. Related to this postulate are the theoretical tenets of Carl Jung [1875-1961] and his construct of the Collective Unconscious.

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Online Psychopath Checklist

  • A: Affective/Emotional
  • B: Behavioral/Online Actions
  • C: Cognitive/Thinking Processes
  • D: Developmental History
  • I: Interpersonal/Described by Online Users
  • O: Online Appearance/Persona
  • P: Perceptual/Interpretations

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A | Contemptuousness for empathy as described by online peers and associates.

A | Exhibits a pattern of shallow emotions when interacting with online users.

A | Experiences little to no guilt from the harm they cause online users.

A | Feels invincible and is undeterred by online obstacles.

A | Has deep seated rage exhibited online that is intentional and unintentional.

A | In both online and offline environments, is remorseless, shameless and guiltless.

A | Covertly hostile towards online peers, coworkers and acquaintances.

A | Tends to be emotionally callous viewing other online users in an insensitive, indifferent or unsympathetic manner.

A | Depending on level of interpersonal dexterity, tends to have intermittent to frequent online verbal outbursts.

A | Tends to be remorseless feeling little contrition, regret and repentance from online assaults, cyber attacks and online victimization.

A | Although comfortable in dispensing online criticism, quickly becomes uncomfortable and angry if he/she is criticized by online users.

A | Easily offended and reacts aggressively online.

A | Exhibits a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality that is witnessed by online users.

A | Feels immune by the consequences of his/her own online actions.

A | Feigns emotion in most online forums.

A | Prone to quickly feeling bored in online environments.

A | Rarely admits or discloses feeling depressed in online social sites.

A | Tends to quickly become vicious if confronted by online peers and loved ones.

A | Experiences minimal fear engaging in offline violence and online cybercrime, cyber terrorism, online sexual predation or cyberstalking.

A | Feels aroused when communicating explicit details of obscene, violent and graphic events in online environments.

A | Remorse only experienced when control and manipulation of an online user has been lost.

A | Although a rare occurrence, becomes emotional or tearful, in online environments, which is rooted in frustration.

A | In online environments, tends to be highly contradictory and habitually reports  feeling misunderstood.

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B | Experiences autonomic arousal from viewing graphic, violent or sexually perverse online information.

B | Has a history of poor employment behavior that is either communicated to others online or evidenced by online employment task ineptitude.

B | A pediatric and recent adult history of behaving irresponsibly online.

B | Actual ulterior motives are almost always cloaked in online social environments.

B | Almost always engages in online conning for profit using social media and other forms of online social forums.

B | Behaves in an impulsive manner evident to other online users.

B | Compulsively engages in repeated online deceptive, assaultive, deviant, illegal and immoral acts.

B | Engages in habitual online conning to experience pleasure, power and control.

B | Exhibits online entrepreneurial versatility that may or may not be legal.

B | Has poor behavioral control that may or may not be evidenced online.

B | If asocial, having minimal interactions with others in social networking sites [i.e., Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, etc.], their avoidant behaviors are not due to  mental illness.

B | In addition to habitual offline residence changes, tend to frequently change their social media profiles, website themes and content they disseminate online.

B | Likely to be animal abuse perpetrators offline, they frequently broadcast their animal abuse in images and videos that are disseminated online.

B | May or may not have past or present legal entanglements caused by illegal online activities.

B | Not always, but often has a history of cybercriminal versatility that they may or may not brag about in online environments.

B | Online allies, peers, family members and cyber attack accomplices often become their victims.

B | Tend to be avid gamblers engaging in online gaming, gambling and competitive video gaming.

B | Tends to have a history of financial obligations failure that is evidenced in both online and offline environments.

B | In both online and offline environments, frequently engage in the use of aliases.

B | Habitually uses cruel, repressive and fear inducing online methods to control their targets.

B | If online victimization is difficult due to geographic location, will target the victim’s friends, family members and coworkers online.

B | Tends to exhibit a habitual pattern of personal safety recklessness and self-destructiveness.

B | May or may not require actual physical contact with their online victims.

B | If physical contact with their victim is sought, ICT and social networking are the primary tools they use to ensure an offline meeting.

B | If homicide or physical torture is the modus operandi, will frequent online classified ad websites, adult sex sites, fetish sites and online dating sites.

B | Will often only frequent informational websites and blogs that validates his/her fantasies and perversions.

B | Seeks out online peer validation, interest and acceptance to justify their violent, abusive and perverse fantasies.

B | Actively engages in online reputation management [ORM].

B | Attempts to instill guilt in online users if the user protests about doing something that he/she wants the target online user to do.

B | Easily provoked to violence or online direct or indirect threats of physical harm.

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B | Fascinated by notable psychopaths and infamous criminals evidenced by obtaining, disseminating and exchanging online information with others who experience the same intrigue.

B | Has deficits in affective and interpersonal online functioning.

B | In online chatrooms, forums and message boards, frequently changes group rules or cajoles moderators to change the rules to suit his/her nefarious plans.

B | Often rebellious to online rules and social site guidelines and policies.

B | Takes credit for other online users work and highly likely to engage in online plagiarism.

B | Uses coercion and threats to manipulate online users into indiscriminate sexual relationships that may or may not involve physical contact.

B | Described by online users in online social forums as compulsively lecturing others until agreed with by respondents.

B | Exhibits obsessive traits of orderliness and neatness with his/her online profiles and website design.

B | Habitually creates online conflict and distrust with online friends and loved ones.

B | Habitually engages in internet troll behaviors.

B | In online social forums, may or may not disclose his/her neurotic fascination with fire, weapons, sexual perversions and mood/mind altering substance.

B | In online social forums, often disseminates information that is rude, vulgar and obscene.

B | In online/offline environments, exhibits an absence of anxiety or other fear driven neurotic states.

B | In online/offline environments, exhibits an absence of delusional thinking and other signs of thought disordered psychopathology.

B | Not driven by cyber safety purposes, regularly deletes online information that illustrates sentimental connections with online users.

B | Often gives vague answers in online forums.

B | Seldomly expresses gratitude and appreciation to online users.

B | Uses threats and intimidations to keep other online users close.

B | Targets the ignorance of online users and creates an impression of superiority.

B | Habitually uses online deception as a tactic to find out the truth.

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C | Central to their perceptually distorted grandiose online activities, often fantasizes about becoming a world leader.

C | Habitually engages in offline and online fantasies that are divine entity themed.

C | Has thoughts of extreme grandiosity that typically includes information technology in the theme.

C | Ranging from moderate to obsessive, thinks and fantasizes about securing willing online victims.

C | Thinks that he/she is pervasively entitled that is described by online users as extreme.

C | Thoughts tend to be short sighted with a failure to plan ahead that is evidenced in at least one online social environment.

C | Has frequent bizarre, violent and/or sexually perverse thoughts and fantasies that are not caused by psychiatric illness.

C | Exhibits an inability to understand irony expressed by online users.

C | Has a selective memory evidenced by quickly recalling other online user mistakes, but forgetting  his/her own.

C | Adulterates the ethical principles of online users to serve his/her own interests.

C | Concurrent with grandiosity, exhibits a grossly inflated view of his/her abilities and self-worth in online environments.

C | Frequently changes his/her opinion, behavior and philosophical beliefs depending on the online user or forum he/she is attempting to manipulate.

C | Habitually disputes the qualities, abilities and personalities of other online users.

C | Likely to have an average to above average intelligence described by offline and online peers.

C | Often uses logical argument tactics to camouflage his/her online claims.

C | Rarely recalls offline/online emotional outbursts or denies having them.

C | Unable to accept responsibility for his/her inappropriate online  actions.

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D | Intentional or unintentionally, they habitually alter their personal history in online environments.

D | Juvenile delinquency in online environments, or if an adult, was involved in juvenile delinquency rehabilitation.

D | Likely to have experienced prior pediatric brain damage that may or may not be evidenced by his/her online communications.

D | Not always, but often has a developmental history that includes pediatric sexual acting out in offline and online environments.

D | Not always, but often has a developmental history that includes pediatric academic and behavioral in offline and online environments.

D | Not always, but often has a developmental history that includes pediatric sexual abuse in offline and online environments [perpetrator, victim or both].

D | As a child, known genetic or neurodevelopmental factors making him/her notably callous online.

D | As a child, had low behavioral inhibition leading to poor socialization and evident in online environments.

D | Has disclosed online or there is offline evidence of a pre-pubescent history of fire-setting.

D | Exhibits online or offline neuropsychological deficits.

D | Has disclosed online or proven offline a history of inconsistent parental discipline.

D | Has disclosed online or proven offline a history of parental rejection.

D | Has disclosed online or proven offline violations of conditional release with two or more escapes from security or breaches of probation.

D | No history of actual suicide attempts or online suicidal threats.

I | Has an incapacity for love that may or may not be disclosed online.

I | Defined by online users as being highly secretive with the information they share online.

I | Depending on their level of interpersonal dexterity, their superficial charm may or may not be initially recognizable.

I | Described as being glib in online communications  meaning the respondent feels they are uncharacteristically smooth and carefree with overtones of insincerity.

I | Described by both offline and online peers as being unreliable in all affairs that do not have immediate personal benefits.

I | In at least one online social environment, defined as being a master of  exploitation.

I | Rationalizes the emotional pain that he/she has inflicted upon other online users.

I | Described by online users as being an extreme narcissist and at the center of his/her own universe.

I | Described by online users as being authoritarian and frequently tyrannical.

I | Described by online users as being charismatic, captivating and engaging in at least one online social environment.

I | Described by online users as being charming with a pleasant personality and easy to chat with in at least one online social environment.

I | Described by online users as being covertly and overtly domineering.

I | Described by online users as being unreliable with habitual hollow promises.

I | Despotic, authoritarian and controlling towards online victims, potential targets and loved ones.

I | Difficulty sustaining offline and online attachments.

I | Engages in habitual promiscuity, online or offline, by frequenting online dating and adult sex sites.

I | Exhibits online and offline peer safety recklessness by manipulating others to engage in risky online activities.

I | Extremely convincing with online users when seeking out accomplices for his/her malevolent or deceptive plans.

I | Having a habitual pattern of offline infidelity, tends to frequent online dating and sex sites seeking intimate partnerships.

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I | Highly manipulative that is evident in almost all online environments.

I | If an online victim has been secured, habitually manipulates the victim using love/hate cycles.

I | In addition to online allies and accomplices, offline peers and family members become victims using ICT.

I | In most online relationships, he/she exhibits porous personal boundaries.

I | Kindness toward online users is always feigned and usually part of a deceptive strategy.

I | Pathologically lies in both offline and online environments.

I | Tends to be humiliation driven  evidenced in at least one online environment.

I | Tends to have a parasitic lifestyle seeking online users to manage their life responsibilities.

I | Unable to recognize the emotions and needs of other online users and exhibits a lack of empathy.

I | Unmoved by and oblivious to human suffering evident in other online users.

I | Demands absolute loyalty from online users and views constructive criticism as a personal assault.

I | Describes by online users as being arrogant.

I | Exhibits an absence of moral consideration and connection with online users.

I | Externalizes blame for his/her problems online and often claims that he/she was “set up”.

I | Often manipulates online users to cyberbully, cyberstalk or cyber harass targeted online users.

I | Twists and distorts offline facts presented by online users to mimic his/her online image.

I | Described by online users as a “human paradox” by being logical and coherent, while at same time, exhibiting attitudes and behaviors that are opposite.

I | Described by online users as being easily prone to boredom.

I | Described by online users as being interpersonally  cold despite a presentation of gregariousness and superficial warmth.

I | Evidenced by online peer interactions, exhibits poise, verbal facility and poise.

I | Evidenced by online peer interactions, exhibits poor judgment and fails to learn from his/her online experience.

I | Has little interest in making effort to comfort online users unless manipulating them.

I | Often waits to the last minute to instigate online users into engaging in risky online activities.

I | Threatens in underhanded ways or engage in online extortion or sextortion.

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O | Disseminates and exchanges images and videos themed as having a conventional appearance.

O | If engaged in illegal online activities, habitually changes their online image, profile pics and videos to avoid identification and prosecution.

O | May or may not have a commanding physical presence in online vlogs, webchats or video clips.

P | Denies being dysfunctional in online environments unless part of deceptive strategy.

P | Believes the most appropriate consequence for online user discretions is physical punishment or severe psychological torture.

P | Guided by “ends justify the means” in most online relationships.

P | If an online victim has been secured, often fantasizes about his/her enslavement.

P | If an online victim has not been secured, looks for online indications of hopelessness and helplessness leading to victim choosing.

P | If deemed insignificant, easily becomes enraged, which is communicated in online environments.

P | In addition to viewing online users as objects, views them as targets “ripe for picking”.

P | In at least one online environment, does not recognize the rights of others and viewed as non-existent.

P | Interprets all distressed online users as victimization opportunities.

P | Interprets all self-serving behaviors as permissible in all online environments.

P | Interprets an online user’s distress as weakness causing them to feel contempt towards the online user.

P | Interprets most online user communications with a sense of paranoia.

P | Life hopes, dreams and plans are often unrealistic and rooted in grandiose visions of self, which is communicated online.

P | Moderate to severe obsessive compulsive needs for online stimulation.

P | Perceives online users, not as human, but objects to be subjugated and defamed.

P | Suffer Internet Abuse and Internet Dependence at much higher rates than online users who are not reliant upon ICT in order to properly function in day-to-day functioning.

P | Expects total online victim submission, but at the same time, seek acceptance and admiration for his/her tyrannical tactics.

P | Highly reliant upon online activities to confirm and validate their grandiose plans and fantasies.

P | Views the simple act of publishing their fantasies and grandiose plans online means they are real and achievable, even without online user confirmations.

P | Views certain online information as credible as opposed to initially first being skeptical until validated.

P | Engages in the defense mechanism of projection online by accusing others of faults and weaknesses that are actually his/her own.

P | Exhibits a distorted sense of reality confirmed by online users.

P | Habitually exhibits a minimal fear threshold when engaging in risky online activities.

P | Habitually seeks out novel and exciting online information and relationships.

P | In addition to being unable to accept responsibility or blame for his/her online actions, he/she is described as being in denial by online users.

P | Unable or unwilling to accept personal responsibility for their online actions.

P | Views online authority with disdain.

P | Believes he/she is exempt from digital citizenship and netiquette in online environments.

P | Interprets offline/online communications in “black or white”.

P | If engaged in Internet Trolling, views his/her online provocations with pride.

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Dark Psychology

Dark Psychology: Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon other people motivated by criminal and/or deviant drives that lack purpose and general assumptions of instinctual drives and social sciences theory. All of humanity has the potentiality to victimize humans and other living creatures. While many restrain or sublimate this tendency, some act upon these impulses.

Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings, perceptions and subjective processing systems that lead to predatory behavior that is antithetical to contemporary understandings of human behavior. Dark Psychology assumes that criminal, deviant and abusive behaviors are purposive and have some rational, goal-oriented motivation 99% of the time. It is the remaining 1%, Dark Psychology parts from Adlerian theory and the Teleological Approach. Dark Psychology encompasses all that makes us who we are in relationship to our dark side. All cultures, faiths and humanity have this proverbial cancer. From the moment we are born to the time of death, there is a side hidden within us that some have called “Evil” and others have defined as criminal, deviant or psychopathic.

Dark Psychology posits there are people who commit these same acts and do so not for power, money, sex, retribution or any other known purpose. They commit horrid acts without a goal. Simplified, their ends do not justify their means. There are people who violate and injure others for the sake of doing so. Within in all of us is this potential. A potential to harm others without cause, explanation, or purpose is the area explored. Dark Psychology assumes this dark potential is incredibly complex and even more difficult to define. Related to iPredopathy, Dark Psychology assumes the profiles and definitions of classic psychopaths will one day be enveloped by the Information Age making all psychopaths, online psychopaths [aka, iPredopaths].

Cybercriminal Psychology

Cybercriminal Psychology: Cybercriminal Psychology is the study of motivations, typologies and cognitive, affective, behavioral and perceptual processes influencing Information and Communications Technology [ICT] users to engage in nefarious, deviant, deceptive and criminal online activities. Unlike classic Criminal Psychology, Cybercriminal Psychology places emphasis on a person’s psychodynamic interpretations, modus operandi and interpersonal relationships within the abstract and artificial electronic universe of cyberspace. Although cyberspace is an illusory and virtual reality dimension, Cybercriminal Psychology assumes many perpetrators and their targets do not interpret cyberspace as perceptual facsimiles, but as a realistic dimension.

In 2014, Cybercriminal Psychology is not an accepted or recognized field of study within the realm social sciences. In fact, Cyber Psychology [aka, Internet Psychology, Web Psychology, etc.] also is not a formalized field of study. As this writer and iPredator Inc. associates slowly formulate and design this infant field, all input is greatly appreciated. iPredator Inc. founder and author of the Information Age Forensics construct, iPredator, strongly supports the assumption that both online perpetrators and their potential target victims behave and perceive differently than they do offline. Cyberstalking, cybercrime, cyber harassment, internet trolling, cyber terrorism, cyberbullying [small segment], online sexual predation, online child pornography, internet addiction, online psychopaths and pathological online deception are typologies and asocial activities the iPredator construct attempts to address.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a New York State licensed psychologist and forensic consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1994 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. In 1997, Dr. Nuccitelli became a licensed psychologist in New York State. In November 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli and his colleagues established iPredator Inc. offering educational, investigation and advisory services regarding internet predators, cybercrime & the darkside of cyberspace. In June 2013, Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. launched their internet safety website, iPredator, and two blogs, Dark Psychology & Dr. Internet Safety offering site visitors an incredible amount of information, education and advisory services. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field in a variety of capacities with various clinical populations.

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iPredator Inc.

iPredator Inc. is a New York State based Internet Safety Company founded in September 2011 to provide educational and advisory products & services to online users and organizations. Their areas of expertise include cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation, cyber terrorism, online predation, internet addiction and the new fields they are pioneering called Cybercriminal Psychology & Profiling. Created by a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., their goal is to reduce victimization, theft and disparagement from online assailants.

Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. consultants are always available, at no cost, to interact with online users and media. In addition to their professional services, Dr. Nuccitelli has authored a variety of internet safety tools, cyber attack risk assessments and diagnostic tests available to purchase as hard copy PDF files.

Although iPredator Inc. has joined a multitude of social networking sites, feel free to visit the social sites listed below they use as their information and announcement vehicles. Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. consultants are always available, at no cost, to interact with academia, law enforcement, legal professionals and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, educational service or consultation, he can be reached by calling 347-871-2416 or via email at mailto: info@ipredatorinc.com.

“The Information Age technocentric concept of being “connected” is a paradox of disconnection causing us to lose control of our instinctual drives for social cohesion, allegiance and selflessness. As our dependency upon Information and Communications Technology (ICT) grows, spreading throughout our collective human consciousness, the less we care for our neighbors and the more we delude ourselves into thinking that online connections are far more valuable than reality based relationships.” Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. (2014)

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Resources

iPredator’s Online Psychopaths Flickr Link

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ipredatorinc/sets/72157650847114371/

iPredator’s Online Psychopaths Pinterest Board Link

https://www.pinterest.com/ipredator/online-psychopathy-aka-ipredopathy/

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“HOMO HOMINI LUPUS”

[man is wolf to man]

Plautus [254-184 BC]

Online Psychopaths, Online Psychopathy Checklist, iPredator

[click pdf button for psychopathy paper]

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  • Online Psychopaths, Online Psychopathy Checklist, iPredator
  • Visit iPredator to review or download, at no cost, information about online psychopaths and the online psychopathy checklist by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.
  • https://www.ipredator.co/online-psychopaths/

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iPredator Inc. is a New York based Internet Safety Company founded to provide products and services addressing cyberbullying, cyber harassment, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation, cyber terrorism, online predation and online deception. Created by a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., their goal is to reduce victimization, theft and disparagement from online assailants.
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