Psychopathy: A Concealed Personality Defect Analytical Essay by Nicky

Psychopathy: A Concealed Personality Defect
Looks at psychopathy, a mental disorder that demonstrates affective interpersonal and behavioral abnormalities.
# 148280 | 1,345 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Social)

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This paper explains that persons with psychopathy, who do not have the incapacity for feeling empathy and guilt, and who are impulsive, egocentric and chronic violators of social, moral and legal norms, have a defective personality, complemented by their defense mechanisms. Next, the author relates that psychopathy begins an early age, expands into adolescence with poor socialization and ineffective self-regulation. The paper underscores that effective treatment and control of the psychopath is difficult because of the psychopath's relative immunity to adequate imprisonment and his lack of response to any kind of psychiatric treatment.

Table of Contents:
Where It Starts
On to Adolescence
Treatment and Control of the Psychopath

From the Paper:

"The other difficulty is that a psychopath is likelier than others with behavioral problems to convince and deceive his therapist that treatment has been effective. He can well act out that he has developed a changed insight, which will now make him deserving of parole and no longer a risk to society. Many daily newspaper reports of armed robberies, rapes, and murders are results of optimistic but wrong estimates of therapeutic success. An over-estimation of that success rather contributes to tragic events, such as those reported in the media. No evidence at present demonstrates that psychiatry or the law can deal effectively with psychopaths."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cleckley, H. (1988). The mask of sanity. Georgia: C. V. Mosby Company. Retrieved onApril 22, 2009 from
  • Clercq, B. d. (2007). Childhood antecedents of personality disorder. Current Opinion inPsychiatry: Medscape. Retrieved on April 22, 2009 from
  • Rutter, M. (2005). What is the meaning and utility of the psychopathy concept. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology: Plenum Publishing Corporation. Retrieved on April 22, 2009 from;col1
  • Vitale, J. E. et al (2005). Deficient behavioral inhibition and anomalous selective attention in a community sample of adolescents with psychopathic trains and low-anxiety traits. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology: Plenum Publishing Company.Retrieved on April 22, 2009 from;col1

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