What is psychopathy?

Psychopathy is a personality disorder signified by a pattern of lying, exploitation of others, recklessness, arrogance, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, and lack of empathy for others. Those with psychopathic traits may appear normal, thus increasing their ability to effectively prey on others. People with psychopathic traits often have a false belief in their own superiority, […]

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Psychopathic Traits and Emotional Regulation and Aggression

Individuals who have more psychopathic traits are more likely than nonpsychopathic individuals to engage in aggressive behavior (e.g., Porter & Woodworth, 2006). This aggressive behavior can be split into two subcategories. The first is impulsive aggression, which typically occurs when the aggressor reacts violently in the midst of a situation involving anger, in the absence […]

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The Devil Lurks in the Suit

by Cynthia Mathieu, Ph.D.   Have you ever heard of this quote “The devil is more devilish when respected” by Elizabeth Barret  Browning? How we define success guides our everyday actions. In today’s society, success is  associated with power and often comes in the form of external gain such as money, objects and  titles. In […]

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Psychopathic Traits and Reactive and Instrumental Violence among Young Female Offenders

Introduction Despite the increased representation of female youth in the forensic system they are a strikingly under-studied population. To better understand this population 145 young female offenders who had committed a violent offense were assessed for psychopathic traits, specific motivations (instrumental vs. reactive) for the crime, and offense characteristics (such as information about their victims, […]

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