Psychopathy. Sharon Sternberg. What is Psychopathy?. A personality disorder in which an individual manifests immoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity (self-centeredness), failure to learn from experience, etc.
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A personality disorder in which an individual manifests immoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity (self-centeredness), failure to learn from experience, etc.
-Personality Wise (Primary Psychopathy): callous, manipulative, glib, lack anxiety and remorse…
-Behavior Wise (Secondary Psychopathy): impulsive, antisocial, poor behavioral controls.
“One of our subjects, who scored high on the Psychopathy Checklist, said that while walking to a party he decided to buy a case of beer, but realized that he had left his wallet at home six or seven blocks away. Not wanting to walk back, he picked up a heavy piece of wood and robbed the nearest gas station, seriously injuring the attendant” (Hare, 1995, pg. 58-59)
The typical criminal psychopaths begin criminal behavior at a young age and continue until around 40 years of age, where the number of crimes decreases.
“These programs are like a finishing school. They teach you how to put the squeeze on people”
- More rare than male psychopathy.
- Make up an estimated 15% of incarcerated female population.
Psychopathy has been attributed to:
Genes, Society (such as an abusive home-life), Environmental Insult (as in birth complications, brain damage, or physical anomalies), Molecular Neuroscience (like abnormal serotonin levels in the brain), Amygdale Dysfunction, Frontal Lobe Dysfunction, Cognitive Dysfunction, and other causes…
Arrogant interpersonal style
Deficient affective experience
Impulsive behavioral style
A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
Failure to conform to social norms;
Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead;
Irritability and aggressiveness;
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
Consistent irresponsibility; and
Lack of remorse
80% of the United States prison population meets the diagnostic criteria for ASPD, while only 15 to 25% meet the criteria for psychopathy as designated by the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R)