Handbook of Psychopathy (Google eBook)

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Christopher J. Patrick
Guilford Press, Oct 18, 2005 - Psychology - 651 pages
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With contributions from foremost experts, this authoritative handbook provides a state-of-the-science review of current knowledge on the psychopathic personality. Coverage includes major theoretical models; conceptual and definitional questions; assessment approaches; and etiological pathways, ranging from family and environmental factors to genes, neurotransmitters, and brain systems. Manifestations of psychopathy in specific populations are addressed, as are links to salient problem behaviors such as aggression, substance abuse, sexual offending, and recidivism. Clinical and legal issues are also examined in depth. Seamlessly edited, each major thematic section concludes with a summary chapter that integrates the findings presented and highlights key questions for future research.

  

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This book is somewhat interesting until one gets to the part where it is suggested that Factor 2 is the "real psychopathy" as opposed to Factor 1. That couldn't be further from the truth and reviewing the writings of Dr. Hare, Likken, Mealey and others is enough to reach this conclusion.
While Factor 2 or secondary psychopaths are more aggressive/prone to physical violence, they are also significantly more 'emotional' for lack of a better word. They have been shown to be more responsive to stimuli and more prone to neurotic manifestations than "primaries".
Furthermore, many psychiatrists are arguing that if a given individual does not have Factor 1 traits, he is not a "psychopath" but rather simply a violent individual. My intention is not to trivialize violence, but to point out that being the perpetrator of violence does not necessarily make someone a psychopath. Such a notion is preposterous because we know that highly emotional/volatile individuals have historically engaged in physical violence (and will continue to).
Unfortunately, many have forgotten what psychopathy (from Pinel's 'manie sans délire' to Prichard's moral insanity) is supposed to be describing: The callous/unemotional individual who simply cannot respond emotionally.
This type of rhetoric is a disservice to victims and family members of psychopaths because it trivializes the experience of interacting with a grossly unresponsive, manipulative and remorseless individual who may or may not be physically violent.
 

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Highly technical and definitely not for anyone who has not read on the topic before or read a great deal of psychology research. Some papers are a waste, but some other papers are really good: I ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
35
Section 4
58
Section 5
78
Section 6
83
Section 7
91
Section 8
107
Section 21
334
Section 22
353
Section 23
375
Section 24
389
Section 25
415
Section 26
437
Section 27
459
Section 28
481

Section 9
133
Section 10
156
Section 11
172
Section 12
183
Section 13
193
Section 14
205
Section 15
229
Section 16
251
Section 17
278
Section 18
296
Section 19
301
Section 20
313
Section 29
495
Section 30
512
Section 31
517
Section 32
521
Section 33
525
Section 34
533
Section 35
555
Section 36
573
Section 37
589
Section 38
605
Section 39
619

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Page 3 - There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following: 1.
Page 3 - ... (3) impulsivity or failure to plan ahead (4) irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults (5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others (6) consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations...

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