The Psychopathic Mind: Origins, Dynamics, and Treatment -The clinical concept of psychopathy is linked inextricably to criminal behavior, and in particular to criminal violence. For those of us who work with psychopaths, this link is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it is a stark reminder of the tremendous social, psychological, and economic costs associated with psychopathy and it reinforces the motivation of researchers and clinicians to understand the disorder. But, on the other hand, it proves distracting at times. It is common for people to assume, naively and incorrectly, that all psychopaths commit crime and that anyone who routinely engages in antisocial behavior must be a psychopath. Unable to display preview.
The Psychopathic Mind
Psychopathy , from psych soul or mind and pathy suffering or disease , was coined by German psychiatrists in the 19th century and originally just meant what would today be called mental disorder , the study of which is still known as psychopathology. By the turn of the century 'psychopathic inferiority' referred to the type of mental disorder that might now be termed personality disorder , along with a wide variety of other conditions now otherwise classified. Through the early 20th century this and other terms such as 'constitutional inborn psychopaths' or 'psychopathic personalities', were used very broadly to cover anyone who violated legal or moral expectations or was considered inherently socially undesirable in some way. Partridge and was originally intended as an alternative term to indicate that the defining feature was a pervasive failure to adhere to societal norms in a way that could harm others. The term psychopathy also gradually narrowed to the latter sense, based on interpretations of the work of a Scottish psychiatrist and especially checklists popularized by an American psychiatrist and later a Canadian psychologist. Psychopathy became defined in these quarters as a constellation of personality traits allegedly associated with immorality, criminality, or in some cases socioeconomic success.
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Add to GoodReads. The Psychopathic Mind. Forensic psychologist Reid Meloy identifies psychopathology as a deviant development disturbance characterized by inordinate instinctual aggression and the absence of a capacity bond. It is the definitive book on the subject. Jason Aronson, Inc. Reid Meloy , Ph. Chief of the Court Services, Forensic Mental Health Division for San Diego County, he also devotes time to a private civil and criminal forensic practice, research, writing, and teaching.
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