Psychopath : The Observation of Fear


As someone who does not experience fear, I watch with a curious and analytical mind the reactions of those around me who do. It is a peculiar fascination, one rooted in a deep desire to comprehend the diverse range of human experiences. I find myself intrigued by the intricate web of emotions that fear weaves within the human psyche, and how it manifests in the physical realm.


Observing others in the throes of fear is like seeing a masterful play unfold before me, with each person playing their unique role on the stage of their own mind. I witness the subtle changes in facial expressions, the rapid flutter of their heartbeat, and the beads of perspiration forming on their brow. Their voices tremble, their bodies tense, and their eyes dart to and fro in an attempt to identify the perceived threat.


It is in these moments that I find myself intrigued by their primal instincts. Witnessing fear is like peering into the depths of the human soul, seeing the vulnerability and fragility that lies beneath the surface


In my curiosity, I seek to understand the origins of their fears. What triggers this instinctual response within them? How do their past experiences shape their current reactions? I dive into the psychological aspects, studying the intricate weave of memories, conditioning, and trauma that contribute to the formation of their fears. Understanding the fear of others is axiomatic for whilst this is an emotion that I do not experience it is one that I have witnessed countless times in others, often induced by me. To be able to understand what causes an ice cold grip on somebody´s heart is power indeed and to be able to replicate that is even more powerful. Fear is an arterial route to the imposition of control on those around me. To be feared is to be obeyed. To be feared is a demonstration of the power one wields.


The intellectual aspect of my curiosity lies in unraveling the mechanisms behind fear. I delve into neurobiology, seeking to comprehend the intricate dance between the amygdala, the fear center of the brain, and the various neurotransmitters that interact to create this emotional response. I analyze the cognitive processes at play, dissecting the thoughts and beliefs that amplify or alleviate their fears. By engaging with those appliances, I am able to listen as they express their innermost fears, oh how readily do they seek to share their concerns, their anxieties and the fears, all of which I pay attention to, log and collate.


It is a sadistic curiosity that drives me; alongside a genuine quest for knowledge. By understanding the nature of fear and its effects on individuals, I am better able to use that fear against them, to entertain and to amuse. Whether it is a startled reaction or pant-wetting visceral terror, the achievement of that reaction in another is both fascinating and entertaining.


While I may not experience fear myself, I recognize its significance in the human experience. Fear shapes your decisions, fuels your desire for personal growth, and prompts you to seek safety and fulfillment. Knowing the sanctuaries you seek from fear is powerful of itself.  It is a constant companion in the tapestry of life, and by comprehending its intricacies through the lens of others, I gain a deeper understanding of your humanity.


Ultimately, my intellectual curiosity about the fear of others drives me to break down the barriers that divide us. By bridging the gap between fear and fearlessness, I strive to foster a greater sense of understanding. Through my observations, I hope to illuminate the weakness that you are afflicted by, whilst I remain apart, unaffected and unwavering.


As someone who is inherently fearless and emotionally detached, I find myself observing fear in others with an intellectual curiosity that revolves around unraveling the enigmatic nature of this profound human emotion.


To me, fear appears as a fascinating and complex phenomenon. When I witness fear manifesting in the people around me, it serves as a reminder of the powerful influence your emotions can exert over your thoughts and actions. I watch as their faces contort, their bodies tremble, and their voices quiver. Their fundamental instinct for self-preservation commands their attention, redirecting their focus toward potential threats and the uncertainty that lies ahead.


While I may not be able to  empathize with the overwhelming grip fear has on individuals, my detachment allows me to approach fear with a cool and unbiased perspective. I am like an impassive observer, keenly interested in the mechanics and manifestations of this primal emotion.


My intellectual curiosity leads me to reflect on the underlying reasons behind each individual’s fears. I analyze the factors and experiences that have shaped their unique fearscape – the upbringing, past trauma, cultural influences, and personal beliefs that converge to create a tapestry of anxieties. I contemplate the impact social conditioning has on their perception of danger and how the narratives they construct within their minds exacerbate or mitigate their fears.


In this intellectual exploration of fear, I delve into the neurobiological aspects as well. I examine how fear triggers the amygdala, the evolutionary epicenter of this emotion, sending cascades of neurological responses throughout the body. I reflect on the interplay between neurotransmitters, seeking to comprehend the intricate dance between brain chemistry and emotional states.



Beyond personal interactions, my intellectual curiosity surrounding fear extends to the broader human experience. I yearn to understand fear as a universal force that shapes societies, fuels collective behaviors, and influences the trajectory of history. By grasping the intricacies of fear, I hope to shed light on the origins of conflict, prejudices, and societal divisions and in so understanding, then harness this knowledge to my advantage. By recognizing the driver behind the fears of others, I truly know what can be deployed to make them bend to my will, to cause them to become subservient to my requirements and ultimately, to my intense amusement, have that individual howl with terror.


Fear is everywhere and I have come to recognize that much of it is manufactured. A cool and logical approach to fear would improve the lives of so many, yet they fall prey time and time again to this most primeval of emotional responses, failing to master it and failing to bring it under control. This failure proves their repeated undoing and provides me with the choicest of exploitations.

6 thoughts on “Psychopath : The Observation of Fear

  1. In so many words says:

    This statement may be politically charged, but I reviewed the rules and did not see a prohibition on controversial posts, as long as relevant. HG also went there in the article about Stupidity. If HG chooses to, he can, of course, leave out my comment.

    “Fear is everywhere and I have come to recognize that much of it is manufactured. A cool and logical approach to fear would improve the lives of so many, yet they fall prey time and time again to this most primeval of emotional responses, failing to master it and failing to bring it under control. This failure proves their repeated undoing and provides me with the choicest of exploitations.”

    And it does for our narcissist politicians, on the left and the right.

    I have often been amazed at how irrational most people are about their fears. The number one fear in the US is public speaking, ahead of death.

    I tend to seek accurate evidence based information about things that I fear, and then try to mitigate risk in proportion to the likelihood and the likely harm. When something is more likely (for example, I learned that I have a considerably above average risk of Alzheimer’s), I still fear it, but I focus on what is known about prevention (quite a bit) and take those steps.

    But that is not how most people function. It was evident during Covid in the US. Those on the right feared the vaccines and would not get them even when their risk of Covid complications was high, because of poor health. Those on the left irrationally feared Covid, and young healthy triple vaccinated people, whose risk of serious illness was extremely low, avoided human interactions.

    Politicians and conspiracy theorists exploited the fear on both sides.

  2. Allison says:

    Thank you for another truly fascinating glimpse into the gulf between your kind and our kind, HG.

    I’m reminded of two occasions in which I accidentally caused terror in a person. I enjoy sitting in a pitch black dark space, and one particular time a lady entered one of my cocoons unexpectedly. Fumbling around she touched my leg and she unravelled. Another time I appeared in a neighbor’s kitchen and she didn’t know I was there until the last moment.

    In both instances their wails were awful. In both cases I made not a sound so amazed was I by their reactions. Their sounds (I almost can’t call them voices) came from someplace deep and primal and crescendoed into highly pitched drawn out screams. In the case of the lady in the kitchen her eyes were like two mad marbles darting around, unable to make sense of what they saw. In those moments my modest human form became the shape of their worst dread.

    I find it interesting that inducing fear amuses and entertains you. You are surely made of sterner stuff than I am. One of my greatest fears is being the cause of unwarranted distress in other people; that was true before these incidents. I find you powerful and amazing because their screams haunt me to this day whilst for you they’d be little more than an afternoon snack. You’re truly formidable.

  3. Asp Amp says:

    The (left) eye image used here recalled the articles of ‘Hounded By Love’ and the series on ‘How to Manipulate – The Narcissist’s Understanding and Use of Tears’

  4. Rebecca says:


    I can’t imagine not feeling fear. A new job, a new place to live, a new situation, any change in my life can cause fear and hesitation in me, it’s commonplace for me to feel fear during changes…it’s only natural for me. Not everyone experiences fear in the face of change, I still feel some fear, eventhough I tell myself outloud that I’m not afraid. I’m afraid. I can only control that fear to a certain degree, it’s very much part of my make up, my experiences and the affects of those experiences. It’s alien to me, to imagine not even feeling a little fear, isn’t a little fear healthy? It keeps one from danger, helps one avoid danger, but at the same time fear can be paralyzing and keep you in a toxic situation. I know all too well what that is like.
    Your article is a bit terrifying to read and yet, I can see the interest in you, for witnessing fear in others. You study us like mice in a lab and part of me is chilled by that thought and part of me is interested in learning more of your point of view and your thoughts on us. Xx HG, very interesting and well written article. Thank you xx

  5. Pat AN says:

    I find these insights into your mind fascinating, HG.

    Although my Empath Detector results showed me as an Empath, at work I’ve often been the logical one. There, I’ve usually operated with few of the emotions that many of the people I worked with, particularly in my last employment, had. For example, when writing something – an email, memo, letter, article, etc. – I’ve always started with putting down the basic message I needed to get over. And I learned then to soften it, to add “fluff” and to make my message less straightforward, while still getting it over, so that I didn’t offend the tender little souls receiving it. (Some of these tender little souls you might think of as pretty hard-skinned, as they were teams of sales reps, but there we are.)

    But reading your words, I sometimes almost wish that I could have that detachment and freedom from the emotion. I think that my life could have taken a much different path if I had not felt fear when faced with some opportunities. Not the paralysing, ‘pant-wetting visceral terror’, which I’ve rarely, if ever, felt, but fear of the unknown and of failure.

    One of my worst things was being interviewed for jobs (my brain would ‘melt’). But I now know, thanks to a former colleague, that there is a technique for overcoming that. So perhaps there are techniques for overcoming some other fears, too. I would wish you success in your search for ‘light on the origins of conflict, prejudices, and societal divisions’, but if the only purpose is to have people bend to your will, and have them howl with terror, I shan’t. You know, you could choose see it as better for your purposes to recognise the terror and alleviate it – I’d think it more powerful to be able to do that and soak up the fuel of the relief and thankfulness. But then, I’ve read enough of your works to realise that the negative emotions give greater fuel than positive ones.

  6. lovemrthornton says:

    I would go one step further to your last paragraph and quote the famous verse, “Perfect love casts out fear.”
    Logic, yes, to a point.
    But whatever it is we fear, the assurance of depending on love to see us through actually dissipates the fear.
    On the other hand, fear can be unavoidable if you are presented with a life-threatening situation or a situation where harm could come to someone you love. It’s in those moments that logic would take center stage.
    Interesting topic … I do wonder if you would feel fear if your life was hanging in the balance or if you would accept death with a cool, logical mind.

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