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Psychopathy

Psychopathy is a clinical disorder defined by a distinct constellation of interpersonal, affective, and lifestyle characteristics. Some of the most prominent characteristics include glibness and superficial charm; a grandiose sense of self-worth; a need for stimulation; pathological lying; conning and manipulation; lack of remorse or guilt; shallow affect; lack of empathy; leading a parasitic lifestyle; poor behavioral controls; promiscuous sexual behavior; early behavioral problems; lack of realistic, long-term goals; impulsivity; irresponsibility; failure to accept responsibility for one’s action; having many short-term relationships; juvenile delinquency; and criminal versatility. Although psychopathy encompasses clinical features of several personality disorders, labeling someone a psychopath is not akin to rendering a clinical diagnosis. Rather, it is the acknowledgment that an individual exhibits behavior and personality characteristics that are consistent ...

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