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. Individuals with psychopathic traits appear to lack social emotions (love, empathy, guilt, and remorse). This means that they do not care about other people, feel remorse, or experience guilt […]

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Brief Survey about Interest in an Activity Intervention for Survivors with Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

We are developing an experimental online physical activity intervention designed to increase physical activity and to reduce stress in people with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who have been in relationships with people with psychopathic traits. The eight week intervention would take place on a secure, social media platform that only study participants and the […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Essi Viding

We have recently added an Ask the Expert response from Dr. Essi Viding, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London. Dr. Viding discusses how she got involved in  psychopathy research, the ages at which psychopathic traits can be identified in children, the role of genetics and […]

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2016 Graduate Student Research Award

The Aftermath Foundation Graduate Student Research Award for 2016 has been awarded to Mary Ritchie and to Courtney Humeney. This award is given to honor those graduate students who conduct and publish research consistent with the Mission of the Foundation. Mary Ritchie was given the award for a paper under review entitled: Easy Prey: The […]

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Individuals with psychopathic traits: Are they able to mimic fear and remorse

Why are individuals with psychopathic traits able to effectively manipulate and deceive others? To be successful at manipulating others, Jones (2014) has proposed that you need to be able to read cues of vulnerability in others, avoid detection by appearing to be trustworthy, and display a range of emotions even if not felt. There is […]

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This Charming Psychopath: How to Spot Social Predators Before They Attack

by Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. (Reproduced with permission. © 2007 Psychology Today All Rights Reserved.) (Re-added 2017 due to website glitch)   Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. Hannibal Lecter. These are the psychopaths whose stunning lack of conscience we see in the movies and in tabloids. Yet, as this report makes abundantly clear, these predators, both […]

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