Television and Hollywood are great at painting pictures of murderers and mean ugly people that do heinous things to innocent people that have no idea what they are in store for. Occasionally on some of the major criminal television shows like “Criminal Minds,” or “Law and Order,” they will tell a story that involves someone that is abused by a relative, neighbor, or a teacher. Even when this happens, it doesn’t paint a clear and concise picture of a criminal psychopath.
Not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, many of them can function successfully in society. They are not all antisocial, but they are all very self-centered and everything that they do is to benefit them. ...view middle of the document...
They go through life taking what they want. Because they are great at impersonating and mimicking other people’s actions, psychopaths are able to get close to individuals. Ted Bundy, a well-known criminal psychopath, was a very sociable and good looking person, that enjoyed hosting dinner parties, and many of his colleagues thought of him as a confidant. Another description of a psychopath is a Chameleon, because they can change their colors to blend into any type of situation they are placed in.
Psychopathy Medically Explained
“The term psychopathy refers to a personality disorder that includes a cluster of interpersonal, affective, lifestyle, and antisocial traits and behaviors” (Cowansville,QC: Editions Yvon Blais,2009). These behaviors include deception, manipulation, impulsivity, poor behavior control, including sexual promiscuity, and all without caring about the well-being of others. Out of all of the personality disorders, Psychopathy, by far, is considered most dangerous. Personality is a representation of who an individual is. Personalities are formed from genetics and environment. They are partially learned behaviors; they represent how people interact with each other, and how they cope with instances in the real world, and even in cyber-world. Personalities can be formed and altered until a person’s late twenties; at that point they are usually unable to be altered. Because of the relevance to law enforcement, corrections, the judicial system, and other related fields, “psychopathy has been described as the single most important clinical construct in the criminal justice system” (Hare, 1996).
Psychopaths Clearing the Myths
Psychopaths can be a male or female, but there are more males than women reported. Psychopaths are represented in all races, ethnicities, cultures and economic backgrounds. Some of them are very smart and intellectual individuals and others are average and or have a below average intelligence level. While strong parenting skills can help when juvenile psychopathy is suspected, psychopaths can be present in both single parent as well as two-parent...