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The perverse and cruel atheist Marquis de Sade in prison, 18th century line engraving. See also: Atheism and psychopathy and Atheism and sadism

A psychopath is someone with an anti-social personality disorder characterized by violent, perverted or immmoral behavior often leading to criminality. Psychopaths have little or no concern for other people. Some psychopaths equate love with sexual arousal.[1]

When one turns to psychopathy, one tends to reject all emotions except for anger and hatred, the latter one feels toward mankind in general. All other emotions are faked to the benefit of the psychopath. This leads to the complete rejection of the social order, and the belief that the only crimes that are wrong are the ones one in which one gets caught; all morality is also abandoned.

Atheism and psychopathy

See also: Atheism and psychopathy

The serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer engaged in cannibalism. He was an atheist while he committed these acts.[2] See also: Atheism and cannibalism

A 2016 study relating to atheism and psychopathy published in Plus One indicates:

Similarly, a survey of 312 college students examining the relationship between Religious/Spiritual Well-Being (RSWB) and ‘dark triad’ personality traits found that “RSWB was confirmed to be negatively correlated with these negative aspects of personality, in particular with subclinical psychopathy.”

...moral concern is associated with a spiritual worldview.[3]

According to the 2014 journal article Correlates of psychopathic personality traits in everyday life: results from a large community survey published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology lack of belief in God is positively associated with psychopathy.[4]

Social science research on antitheists

See also: Antitheism and antisocial behavior and Atheism and narcissism

Social science research indicates that anti-theists score the highest among atheists when it comes to personality traits such as narcissism, dogmatism, and anger.[5][6] Furthermore, they scored lowest when it comes to agreeableness and positive relations with others.[7]