a General Overview of Psychopathy:
Psychopathy is a state known by the lack of empathy, and no regard for the rights of others.
They are insensitive and cruel and they have no regard for others. Detachment and a lack of compassion enables psychopaths to have unscrupulous control of situations and or persons. But, psychopathy is one of the worst disorders to spot.
Psychopaths can seem normal, even likable. Underneath, they lack any resemble of a person with empathy. Their antisocial core takes them most often or always towards a life of crime.
Psychopath Adult are generally resistant to any form of treatment, but there are programs to treat unemphatic, unemotional youngsters in hopes of changing them so they don’t turn into psychopaths.
Brain chemistry, make up, plus genetics, and the environment may all create the development of psychopathic personality traits.
How to Identify a Psychopath:
Psychopathy is a mental disorder that may include a range of linked conditions, sometimes also extending to include multiple symptoms and traits. There is a good way to diagnose it by using a 20-item Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which can show traits like a lack of empathy, pathological lying, and impulsive behavior, each 1 item is scored on a 3-point scale bases on whether the item does not apply (zero), applies to a certain extent (one), or completely applies (two) to the individual. The level for clinical psychopathy have a score of thirty or higher; the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy scored thirty nine.
The checklist was created in the 1970’s by a Canadian researcher named: Robert Hare. A complete assessment should be conducted by a mental health specialist.
The new version of the Hare checklist may include the following characteristics:
- Glibness and a superficial charm.
- Grandiosity and a very high sense of self worth.
- A need for stimulation and a paranoid outlook on life.
- Pathological lying, cannot tell the truth.
- Deceptive or evasive and manipulative.
- Lack of empathy, compassion and remorse or guilt.
- Not able to feel emotions as deeply as an normal person and a slow emotional responsiveness.
- Insensitive and cruel disregard for others.
- Intentionally manipulative and selfish.
- Lack of self control.
- The practice of having many different sexual partners.
- Having behavioral problems at an early age.
- Lack of real goals, and long term goals.
- Impulsive behavior.
- Not responsible.
- Not wanting to accept responsibility for their own behavior.
- Multiple short-term relationships.
- Juvenile delinquency and incarceration.
- Major issues with the criminal justice system and serving prison time.
- Living a life of crime and engaging in different types of crimes.
1 Percent of the world could be psychopaths:
There are Psychopaths in all religious groups, cultures and ethnic groups. Estimates show that approximately one percent of all males and a lesser percentage of females could be diagnosed as psychopaths. A person could show higher levels of traits connected to psychopathology and not qualify as a psychopath according to a systems of measurement such as the Hare checklist.
When does a person become a psychopathy?
A person may show early signs associated with psychopathy that can be called:
Callous or unemotional traits, as young as childhood before reaching puberty and the person can be formally diagnosed as a person with conduct disorder, But, exhibiting psychopathic symptoms in childhood may not mean that he or she will necessarily grow up to be an adult psychopath.
Why Does an Individual Become a Psychopath?
Persons suffering from antisocial personalities have shown a history and multiple traits, and their bad behavior can vary in its severity, so the term used to describe psychopaths can get a little confusing. The terms sociopath and psychopath are usually used to describe the same thing.
Sociopath and psychopath are generally used in clinical settings and in casual settings. But it must be noted that the book: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders known as the: D.S.M. does not use any of these 2 terms, as a diagnostic terms. These 2 terms are represented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as: antisocial personality disorder or A.S.P.D.
So What Are the Differences Between a Psychopath and a Sociopath?
The 2 terms of sociopath and psychopath are often used casually, but the term sociopath refers to an individual with antisocial condition that is related to an environmental factors or social factors, but psychopathic conditions are known to be more existing in one from birth. Both conditions have genetic and non-genetic cores to them, that most likely play a role in shaping the individual with antisocial conditions.
What Are the Main Differences Between Antisocial Personality Disorder and a Psychopathy?
Antisocial personality disorder might have somethings in common with psychopathy, but it is not the same mental disorder. An individual can have the same traits of antisocial personality disorder, which may mostly focus on antisocial behaviors, but not showing the major traits connected with psychopathy. It should be known that psychopaths are considered to be just a small group of people with antisocial personality disorder.
The Connection of Psychopaths and Violence:
Some call all criminals and murders as psychopaths, but in reality psychopathy much more complicated than that. Now scientists have realistically made statistical associations between psychopathy and violent behavior, and also other forms of criminal behavior. Psychopaths have higher degree of impulsiveness, and a tendency not to accept blame. Other antisocial conditions can make a psychopath more likely than others to step on moral boundaries and threaten, harm , or murder humans and animals.
But still not all psychopaths are violent. Not all psychopath individuals are murderes or shockingly even criminals. It should be known that there are other types of personality traits and other forms of pathology not just psychopathy that may exhibit major aggressive behavior.
Are All Psychopaths Killers?
It is not known what number of psychopaths exhibit major aggressive behavior. Between convicted murderes, more than a 1/4 could be psychopaths. Psychopaths are only about 1 percent of the general population. Some may estimate that there could be some evidence that psychopathic criminals individuals are more likely to keep breaking the law. But not all psychopaths have a tendency to commit violence.
Are Most Serial Killers Psychopaths?
Not all, but most serial killers show psychopathic personalities. Most all have a lack of compassion for their victims and also show no remorse for the crimes they have committed.