Psychopathy: A Misunderstood Personality Disor

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Psychopathy A Misunderstood Personality Disorder Why is there so little psychopathy awareness? When the average person hears the term psychopath they automatically think of an unstable murderess lunatic, society tends to believe this primarily due to how the media portrays psychopaths. We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies from Ted Bundy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. Thus, this adds to the confusion in many people’s minds about this pathological personality disorder. But how does a psychopath’s brain work? What makes a psychopath? Is it possible psychopaths have been wrongly labeled? Psychopathic personality manifests as antisocial behavior,…show more content…
We may do or says things we’re not particularly proud of. However, after some time we generally come to our senses, we accept responsibility for our emotions, we feel remorse or shame. The question remains, why do physopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment, how they were raised or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience? “The last two decades have seen tremendous growth in biological research on psychopathy.” Recent research, however, controversial among the psychiatric community suggest that psychopaths don’t lack empathy but, are able to turn it on and off like a switch. Having empathy doesn’t automatically mean we’ll want to help someone in need, though it’s often a crucial first step toward sympathetic response. “Researchers have for decades been almost unanimous in their accord with the popular perception that psychopaths are made in a certain way, and will forever remain that way.” Consequently, individuals with psychopathic personality stroll among us undetected each day. Psychopaths appear normal and blend into society; they maintain families, friends and successful jobs. They are more common than most of us realize. Typically, society thinks of psychopaths as nothing more than criminals, predators such as serial killers or…show more content…
Hare expert on psychopathy CSC (Correctional Services of Canada) believes that only a limited population of psychopaths are criminals or in prison. “The vast amount of, if not most, of the violence and abuse in the world, is committed by persons who do not have these specific constellations of character traits.” Most criminals have normal brain functions, they simply made bad decisions. Researchers of Psychopathy believe that 1 in 25 people are psychopaths and that the largest majority are more intelligent than regular human beings. It is also believed that males make up the largest number of people with psychopathy traits. Most psychopaths can suffer emotional pain for a variety of reasons, they have a deep wish to be loved, and this desire is frequently unfilled. Psychopaths are often dishearten by their inability to relate to normal human emotions, and overwhelmed by the constant hiding behind a fake

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