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Psychopathology College Humanities and Social Science, Grand Canyon University PSY 622: Psychopathology of Crime Danielle Atkinson May 12, 2021 1
Psychopathology Psychopathology is the study of mental illnesses and how it can manifest into behaviors. According to "American Psychological Association"(2020), “1. the scientific study of mental disorders, including their theoretical underpinnings, etiology, progression, symptomatology, diagnosis, and treatment. This broad discipline draws on research from numerous areas, such as psychology, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychiatry, neurology, and endocrinology. The term in this sense is sometimes used synonymously with abnormal psychology . 2. the behavioral or cognitive manifestations of such disorders. The term in this sense is sometimes considered synonymous with mental disorder itself”. There are four subtypes of psychopathy: narcissistic, borderline, sadistic, and antisocial. These subtypes of psychopathy are listed in the DSM-V as personality disorders. Narcissistic personality disorder has characteristic of self-entitlement, lack of empathy and feelings of one’s self-importance that are extreme; that they are superior to others. Those who have this disorder do not like criticism and rejection. These individuals are often arrogant and seek attention, they feel that everyone else may be envious if them and that are special and should take priority over others. People with narcissistic personality are difficult to treat because they are less than likely to seek out treatment as they feel that they are perfect. Halter (2018) stated, “If a person with narcissistic personality disorder somehow seeks treatment, individual cognitive-behavioral therapy is for deconstructing faulty thinking”. (p. 457).

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