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This is a discussion on What Type of Personality Makes the Perfect Serial Killer? within the General Psychology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; INFP... cause nobody would ever see it coming....

  1. #11

    INFP... cause nobody would ever see it coming.
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  2. #12

    I think INTJ or ENTJ. I've seen Hannibal Lecter typed INTJ. and I've seen ENTJs become very charming when they want something.
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  3. #13

    Te-doms with Anti-Social Personality Disorder.
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  4. #14

    INTJ voted best villain every year in a row.
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  5. #15

    I read a book by an FBI profiler called "The Anatomy of Motive" and the impression I got was that a lot of serial killers are very intelligent people who are also very miserable and alienated and don't really care about right and wrong (I think they know what they're doing is wrong but they simply don't care). And being a "successful" serial killer is not something an unintelligent person can do. A spree killer like the Virginia Tech shooter wouldn't need to be particularly intelligent. They don't even make an effort to get away with their crime. A serial killer who manages to evade police for years would need to have well-thought plans to do what they do and not be overly impulsive.

    So whatever personality type would be best at that sort of planning and whatever personality type would be most prone to feeling depressed and alienated and whichever would be the most prone to not caring about right and wrong.

    Also, I don't mean to come across as having an unhealthy interest in serial killers. My post just comes from stuff I read in a used book I bought for a dollar a few months ago.

    EDIT: Writing a post and trying to reason about serial killers makes me feel icky inside. I need to not buy another book about serial killers. Even if it is a bargain.
    Last edited by placeholder; 01-31-2012 at 08:21 PM. Reason: added dramatic epilogue
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  6. #16

    Quote Originally Posted by placeholder View Post
    I read a book by an FBI profiler called "The Anatomy of Motive" and the impression I got was that a lot of serial killers are very intelligent people who are also very miserable and alienated and don't really care about right and wrong (I think they know what they're doing is wrong but they simply don't care). And being a "successful" serial killer is not something an unintelligent person can do. A spree killer like the Virginia Tech shooter wouldn't need to be particularly intelligent. They don't even make an effort to get away with their crime. A serial killer who manages to evade police for years would need to have well-thought plans to do what they do and not be overly impulsive.

    So whatever personality type would be best at that sort of planning and whatever personality type would be most prone to feeling depressed and alienated and whichever would be the most prone to not caring about right and wrong.

    Also, I don't mean to come across as having an unhealthy interest in serial killers. My post just comes from stuff I read in a used book I bought for a dollar a few months ago.

    EDIT: Writing a post and trying to reason about serial killers makes me feel icky inside. I need to not buy another book about serial killers. Even if it is a bargain.
    the thought of serial killers just make me sick and unable to sleep well at night ... but I am addicted to this feeling
    As an INTP myself, I have forgotten how I developed such an unhealthy hobby
    I have a small library of crime scene photos that I have collected from the Internet and they keep reminding me how brutal and terrible human beings can sometimes be
    You won't believe your eyes until you actually look at the photos of their victims!!
    I showed them once to my sister and she, an ISTP, told me she wasn't able to sleep well for weeks LOL

  7. #17

    Errr ISFP.
    We scope you silently for hours, then grab you and fly away.
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  8. #18

    I reckon INTP but then again not in a serial killer sense, But a gun for hire, because he wouldn't get caught and emotion wouldn't be involved in it, there would have to be another reason to kill, like money.
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  9. #19

    Ya, everyone suspects the intj, just because they can come across as serial killers. LOL. I think they would be the least likely cause if they were to do it, they would be everyone's suspect right away! I would say ESTPs might be good at this. They could talk their way out of things pretty easily, and if something goes wrong they could just easily improvise. My type, ENTP would be the best though I think.

    ps This thread is creepy awesome!
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  10. #20

    Either ENTP or INTJ.
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