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Robert D. Hare, an eminent researcher in the field of criminal psychology and developer of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist used to rate a person’s psychopathic or antisocial predisposition, was responsible for some of the most foundational understandings of psychopathy. The term psychopathy dates back to the 19th century, but its use between that time and World War II was quite rare. Psychopathy as a concept evolved slowly over the following decades, with mental health professionals coming to understand and even slowly accept that the term encompasses a wide range of features. As professional understandings of the term and condition developed over time, the terms psychopath and sociopath were substituted for one another.

Psychopathic and Sociopathic Characteristics

A psychopath displays a variety of characteristics such as committing ...

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