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Conceptualization and Assessment of Psychopathy

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Conceptualization and Assessment of Psychopathy (Psychopathic Personality) Psychopathy: History and Clinical Description I. Introduction a. Misconceptions a.i. Chronic criminal offender a.i.1. True, however more chronic criminal offenders that do not rate high in psychopathy a.ii. Psychotic individual a.ii.1. Psychosis vs. psychotic a.ii.1.a. Psychosis: schizophrenia, false beliefs, delusions, hallucinations, ramble, disturbances in thought, poor quality in thought and poor communication a.ii.1.b. Psychotic: not in touch with reality, clear and rational, behavior wasn’t consistent with what they said a.iii. Mad killer b. What is a psychopath? b.i. A person has no conscience? b.i.1. Yes—by definition (“lack of remorse”) b.ii. A violent person? b.ii.1. Some are, but many are not b.ii.2. Violent psychopath the exception, not the rule b.iii. A killer? b.iii.1. Most are not, but some are… c. Historic figures c.i. Charles Manson c.i.1. Getting others to kill targeted socialites c.ii. Herman Mudgett (H. H. Holmes) c.ii.1. America’s First Serial Killer c.ii.2. Late 1800s c.ii.3. Unusual set up, built a hotel which was actually a large building so he could kill people c.iii. Ted Bundy c.iv. Look at powerpoint for more psychopaths d. Psychopathy d.i. Not a new phenomenon d.ii. Described under various names over the past 200 years d.ii.1. Philippe Pinel d.ii.1.a. “manie sans delire” – delirium without insanity d.ii.2. J. L. Koch (1891) – “psychopathic inferiority” d.ii.3. K. Birnbaum (1914) – “sociopathic personality” d.ii.3.a. Inborn, something that couldn’t be changed d.ii.3.b. Couldn’t be treated e. “Modern” Psychopathy e.i. Hervey Cleckley – psychiatrist e.i.1. “Mask of Sanity” – book on psychopathy e.i.1.a. Published in 1941; still very influential e.i.1.b. “Mask” – outward presentation of normality e.i.1.c. Based on work with psychiatric patients e.i.2. Described psychopathy as a paradoxical condition in which severe behavior problems and good psychological adjustment go hand in hand e.i.3. The Mask of Sanity characteristics of psychopaths: e.i.3.a. Superficial charm and good intelligence
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  • Spring '12
  • ChristopherPatrick
  • Antisocial personality disorder, Psychopathy, Lack of remorse, Cleckley global rating, e.i. Hervey Cleckley, d. Psychopathy

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