Psychology of Psychopathy

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Psychological Etiology of Psychopathy Psychodynamics and Personality
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Meloy and Rorschach findings FFM findings (and MPQ findings) Meloy Psychopathic Mind Psychology and SK 
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Psychodynamics Reid Meloy Studies psychopathy in forensic samples Emphasizes psychobiological substrate – must  have this genotype as well as “deficient and  conflictual primary object relations” to get the  psychopathic phenotype expression Psychopathy as severe aggressive variant of  narcissism Malignant ego ideal Psychopaths fundamentally fail to internalize  (both attachment as precursor to empathy, and  values as precursor to conscience)
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Psychodynamics Emotionality or affect distinguishes reptiles from  mammals, is implicated in mammalian behavior such as  parenting, social behavior, reproduction Affective vs. predatory aggression in mammals Affective in response to threat to self or offspring;  vocalizations; ANS arousal; ritualized behaviors Predatory  as food-gathering; no vocalizations;  suppressed ANS arousal; few ritualized or “pre- programmed” behaviors Psychopaths as having “predatory stare”, illiciting the  “primitive, autonomic, & fearful response to a predator” Or perhaps just identify with predators, to help  themselves feel safe
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