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Psychopathy

Criminal psychopathy can be both repulsive and fascinating, as illustrated by the vast number of books and movies inspired by this topic. Offenders diagnosed with psychopathy pose a significant threat to society, because they are more likely to harm other individuals and to do so again after being released. A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their...

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Psychopathy: It's Not for Children

Samara Levy April 6, 2013 Psychopathy: It's Not for Children 9-year-old Michael is intermittently hostile and calm, childish and aloof.  He switches between highs and lows regularly, but does that make him a psychopath?  The traits Michael exhibits are called callous-unemotional and many experts consider them precursors to psychopathy (Kahn).  Although it is impossible to diagnose a child as a psychopath, it is true that children who display callous-unemotional tendencies exhibit antisocial...

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The Reality of Psychopathy

The Reality of Psychopathy How many people have been victimized by a psychopath? Well if the definition of a psychopath is based on what they see in the movies, they may never know. So, what exactly is a psychopath? One could say a psychopath is a person that is crazy or insane. Well, that’s partially true. A psychopath is a person that believes that they are superior, and do not have the feeling of empathy or guilt. Coming straight from the online dictionary, psychopathy is “a mental disorder in...

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Antisocial / Psychopathy

Psychiatric Association, the diagnostic criteria and PCL-R assessment in contemporary research and clinical psychiatric practice use the ICD-10 and the DSM, and will use the term anti-social personality disorder. Psychopathy is most commonly assessed by those who subscribe to a separate idea of psychopathy with the PCL-R, which is a clinical rating scale with twenty items. Each of the items in the PCL-R is scored on a three point (0, 1, 2) scale according to two factors. PCL-R factor 2 is associated with reactive...

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Psychopathy: Various Aspects

Psychopathy is a topic of extreme interest among the psychological community and stimulates wide debate on its various aspects. There have been many studies attempting to define and measure psychopathy (e.g. Levenson, Kiehl &ump; Fitzpatrick, 1995), but it is commonly thought to be a combination of specific traits and behaviors (Lilienfeld &ump; Arkowitz, 2007). Psychopaths commonly have many socially unattractive traits such as callousness and insincerity (Snowden &ump; Gray, 2011), however the...

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Psychopathy and Leadership in the Corporate World

Psychopathy and Leadership in the Corporate World It is ironic but at the same time highly intriguing that traits like charm, charisma, verbal aptitude, and lack of emotional poverty can be characteristic of both CEO’s and psychopaths. Given the tendency of the media to represent psychopaths as hardened criminals or mental patients, it may come as an unsettling revelation that there are also a number of psychopaths walking among us in suits. Unfortunately, little clinical work has been done...

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Psychopathy

There have been many studies linking conduct disorder to antisocial personality disorder and sometimes to psychopathy as well. Conduct disorder appears in children and adolescents and involves behavior that violates rights of others and/or societal norms or rules. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), the individual’s behavior must include actions such as aggression to people or animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft...

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Are Criminals Mad or Bad?

psychopathological. Psychopathology can be best described as having a personality disorder which is brought on early in childhood and is present long term in social and interpersonal dysfunction (Catchpole, Gretton & Hare, 2004). Persons with psychopathy are characterized with having grandiose, manipulative, forceful and cold-heartedness and display superficial and labile emotions (Catchpole, Gretton & Hare, 2004). They are incapable of forming relationships, principles, and goals and lack empathy...

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Drugs and Behavior

Introduction I. The term psychopathy is being looked at more to characterize juveniles who lack remorse, empathy, and a sense of morality. a. Research on juvenile psychopathy is rapidly growing. b. Attempts to apply the label psychopathy to juveniles raise several conceptual, methodological, and practical concerns related to forensic practice and juvenile justice policy. c. Many debate whether psychopathy can or should be applied to juveniles at all. Body I. Even if psychopathy can be identified...

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Ted Bundy

personality and psychotic character made him feared across the country. After all was said and done Ted left behind a trail of bloody slayings that included the deaths of 36 young women and spanned through four states. The case of Bundy relates to a psychopathy and antisocial disorder psychological typology. I also related the case of Ted Bundy to the Behaviorist/Social Learning Theory as I learned that he was often bullied in school. II. Ted Bundy was born in November 1946 in Burlington, Vermont to...

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