Frequently Asked Questions

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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Is Psychopathy Genetic?

Genes play a significant role in the development of psychopathy. However socialization and other environmental factors interact with genetics, so genes are not the only determinant in whether one has psychopathic traits. Studies on the heritability of psychopathy have focused primarily on identical twins (100% shared genes) and fraternal twins (50% shared genes).  One study […]

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Can psychopathy be successfully treated?

1. Are there any known medications or other interventions useful for treating psychopathy? (Answer provided by a psychopathy expert and Aftermath volunteer and endorsed by the Executive Committee) Although psychopathy is not currently listed as a personality disorder in the official psychiatric taxonomy (the DSM-IV), it is comprised of enduring affective, behavioral, and interpersonal components […]

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Is my _________ “a psychopath”?

(fill in the blank above with mother/father, wife/husband, son/daughter, brother/sister, other relative, lover, friend or associate) People who come to this site are looking for answers to questions like: What is a psychopath? Is my loved one or associate a psychopath? Does psychopathy explain this particular person’s abusive and hurtful behavior? You may want to […]

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