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Psychopathic Offenders: Promising Treatment Programs

Psychopathy refers to a serious personality disorder characterized by a host of problematic interpersonal, emotional, and behavior features. Interpersonally, psychopaths are charming, deceitful and manipulative, and inflated in their self-appraisals. Emotionally, psychopaths are devoid of the normal emotional range of human experience; they lack a sense of guilt or remorse for wrongdoing, have a callous disregard for the feelings of others, and externalize the blame for negative behavior. Finally, behaviorally, psychopathy has destructive social consequences, as psychopaths lead an impulsive, irresponsible, chronically antisocial lifestyle that is frequently fraught with a miscellany of reckless norm and rule defying behavior that often brings them in conflict with the justice system. This entry describes a contemporary model of psychopathy treatment, followed by an illustration of its implementation and ...

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