Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction

Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination. Newspaper column inches have been devoted to murderers with psychopathic features, and we also encounter psychopaths in films and books. Individuals with psychopathy are characterised in particular by lack of empathy and guilt, manipulation of other people and, in the case of criminal psychopathy, premeditated violent behaviour. They are dangerous and can incur immeasurable emotional, psychological, physical, and financial costs to their victims and their families.

Despite the public fascination with psychopathy, there is often a very limited understanding of the condition, and several myths about psychopathy abound. For example, people commonly assume that all psychopaths are sadistic serial killers or that all violent and antisocial individuals are psychopaths. Yet, research shows that most psychopaths are not serial killers, and, equally, there are plenty of antisocial and violent offenders who are not psychopaths. This Very Short Introduction gives an overview of how we can identify individuals with or at risk of developing psychopathy, and how they differ from other people who display antisocial behavior. Essi Viding also explores the latest genetic, neuroscience, and psychology evidence in order to illuminate why psychopaths behave and develop the way they do, and considers whether it is possible to prevent or even treat psychopathy.

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Title:Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780198802266
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  • Bojan Tunguz

    Ever since I first learned about what Psychopathy really means, and the prevalence of Psychopaths in the general population, I have been fascinated by this topic. My fascination is primarily practical...

  • Kim

    An amazing overview of the phenomenon and current research interests in the field of psychopathy. It covers neurological, genetic and developmental perspectives on psychopathy and highlights significa...

  • dilby

    i checked this out from the library because i’d just finished reading madness and civilization and was curious about whether foucault-style discourse analysis would affect my understanding of a frau...

  • Kit

    It's a short introduction, yes.Its circumbscribed nature means it's confined to classic psychopathy. This provides a clunky tool with which to understand the topic. I prefer Kevin Dutton's The Wisdom ...

  • Jovany Agathe

    Hard to say 'really liked' when it was more 'really appreciated ' this. I bought it to determine whether or not a character I was developing was a psychopath and very quickly learnt he was not. Contin...

  • Sandra

    Hard to say 'really liked' when it was more 'really appreciated ' this. I bought it to determine whether or not a character I was developing was a psychopath and very quickly learnt he was not. Contin...

  • Helen Hnin

    I didn't realize I know so little about Psychopathy. Sure I know the difference between psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder and sociopathy but that's about it. Although this book is a bit ...

  • Muhammad Agustiuddin

    A nice introduction. As an educator this is a good briefing....

  • Hanan Ryberg

    Mycket intressant lyssning med forskningsresultat och olika teorier. En bra början för den intresserade av psykopati...

  • Ashley Olson

    Dope...