Can psychopaths get amok?
Okay so, I had to google this word.
‘A psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.'
From my point of view, no. As far as I am aware, based on evidence and anecdotal experience, we are immune to depression. So that's one half of the definition out of the way.
Secondly, a manic urge. Mania is showing wild, apparently deranged, excitement and energy. We are 99% of the time, cool, calm and collected, we never suffer from ‘mania' or ‘manic' urges.
Lastly, speaking of urges. I'm pretty sure the urge to kill is an individual thing, most common with the low-functioning members of our ilk and high-functioning during out fleeting anger, but we can control that. High-functioning psychopaths, such as my self, usually realise that killing is useless. The downsides really outweigh the benefits, so we remove it from our train of thought as it's not a route we can take.
In conclusion, we wouldn't have the psychiatric effects but it is possible we would have the urge to kill but it's very unlikely if they're high functioning.
Running amok, sometimes referred to as simply amok or gone amok, also spelled amuk, from the Malay language, is "an episode of sudden mass assault against people or objects usually by a single individual following a period of brooding that has traditionally been regarded as occurring especially in Malay culture but is now increasingly viewed as psychopathological behavior"
Judging by this, I can shorten it to going on a bloodlust rampage. This does not happen with me. If I decide to hurt someone, it's an intentional and carefully considered decision. I don't do impulsiveness. Not anymore.
However, the closest thing to amok that I can come to is an instinctive reaction. However, this doesn't qualify as amok as going amok is usually for a prolonged period of time, as opposed to the instinctive reaction which lasts mere seconds.