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A new model of psychopathy

Boduszek, Daniel, Debowska, Agata and Willmott, Dominic (2017) A new model of psychopathy. Custodial Review, 81. pp. 16-18.

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The concept of psychopathy has long been of interest within the criminal justice
system, often presented as the causal antecedent to serial violent and sexual offences. Despite
this, psychopathy has remained difficult to assess, with research in the area compromised by
the absence of an established definition of the disorder. The first comprehensive
conceptualisation of psychopathy was proposed by Hervey Cleckley in 1941. Cleckley
suggested the prototypical psychopath to be characterised by the following 16 traits:
superficial charm, absence of delusions, absence of “nervousness”, unreliability,
untruthfulness, lack of remorse and shame, antisocial behaviour, poor judgement and failure
to learn by experience, pathological egocentricity, poverty in affective reactions, loss of
insight, unresponsiveness in interpersonal relations, fantastic and uninviting behaviour,
suicide rarely carried out, impersonal sex life, and failure to follow any life plan.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 15:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:36


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