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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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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Web Conversation with Dr. Kasia Uzieblo

Although psychopathy is receiving more and more intensive study in many parts of the world, most studies focus on understanding the causes of psychopathy or examining whether psychopathic traits predict criminal justice outcomes. Very few studies have directly addressed the impact of people with psychopathic traits on other people.  However, Dr. Kasia Uzieblo, Ph.D., is […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Scott Lilienfeld

We have recently added an Ask the Expert response from Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory University. He discusses how he got involved in  psychopathy research, some common misconceptions about psychopathy, what defines ‘successful’ psychopaths, and more. Go to ‘Resources’ to find the link to our ‘Ask the […]

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