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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Volunteers Needed for Study of Survivors of Relationships with Psychopathic Individuals

Have you previously been in an intimate relationship with a psychopathic individual? We want to hear your story.  One of the goals of Carleton University’s Psychopathy Research Laboratory is to gain insight on the experiences of those who have survived intimate relationships with psychopathic individuals. To achieve this goal, we need your help. We will […]

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Ask the Expert: Q & A with Dr. Stephen Porter

Dr. Adelle Forth, Carleton University, sent several questions to Dr. Stephen Porter, University of British Columbia- Okanagan. He answered these questions (see below) with help from his graduate student, Pamela Black, with whom he has studied psychopathy and victim-spotting. What are the factors that make people more easily duped by psychopaths?  As part of the […]

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Volunteers Sought for Research Study

Hello. My name is Courtney Humeny and I am a PhD candidate in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. I am recruiting adult survivors of a heterosexual romantic relationship with a psychopathic individual to participate in an online study. Please see below. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at courtney_humeny@carleton.ca. […]

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Web Conversation with Dr. Robert Schug

Dr. Robert Schug spoke with Dave Kosson and Aftermath Foundation members about some of his research on neuropsychological functioning in individuals with psychopathic traits. In this study conducted with Dr. Adrian Raine, Dr. Schug examined neurocognitive behavioral abilities in individuals with psychopathic traits who are relatively successful versus in individuals with these traits who are […]

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One Woman’s Story

My mother and sister display high levels of psychopathic traits.  Living with them enabled me to see their entire personalities—not just what the psychiatrist or psychologist sees at the opposite side of the desk.   They sought to destroy me whenever possible.  Their strategy came in the form of innuendo to undermine self-esteem, or to bully […]

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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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