Yikes. I had to take notes while eating, I got so upset with the sloppy use of terminology here.
She starts out saying she is a psychopath, but right away it is obviously not true, since she says she loves some family and friends. Unlike the poetic license taken on TV shows like Dexter, psychopaths cannot love anyone. The numbers she quotes are for sociopaths, not psychopaths.
Later, she switches to calling herself a sociopath, which is the correct diagnosis based on the abuse she endured at the hands of her mentally ill father, and that is confirmed at the end of this long article, though shrinks have been fooled by these people too, especially the smart ones can fool them sometimes.
When she writes of sneaking into homes to move items around, a psychopath would probably not take that risk, because they don't have to do that to get what they want.
About 70% of the criminal population qualifies for a diagnosis of sociopathy to some extent. Psychopaths hardly ever get caught. Instead, they get elected to office, promoted to CEO, allowed to operate on your body as surgeons, and put in the pulpit! Yes, those are their 4 top professions. They love having power over people and won't let anything stop them from getting it.
Not so for sociopaths, who are over represented at the bottom levels of society, so in that sense, she has achieved the operational level of a psychopath by becoming a professor, if most of this is even true. I did not see any sources for much of her claims and grandiosity is common in all forms of ASPD and NPD.
There are so many clues to who she is in the article, the names and many circumstances must all have been changed, or she'd have been outed by now. It does not say the author name given is an alias, but I cannot see how it could not be one.
It is an interesting account of the life of an unusually smart narcissistic sociopath. I just wish it had stated that and not wandered around into other territory. I am sad that Psych Today has sunk so low that they apparently do not even proofread their own articles. I'm not surprised though, since I see this all over the place now. Journalism is dead. Just my two cents, or maybe ten cents, since this post got too long....