Cartoon villains on TV crime shows obscure the huge social and personal costs of psychopathy, as well as the encouraging new science that can help treat it.
Researchers used to believe people with ‘dark personalities’ had empathy deficits, but new research is challenging that.
What causes unprovoked acts of violence? And is there any place for such cruelty in our society?
The author’s novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
Psychologists call these traits the ‘Big Five’: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. A researcher suggests your profile implies your response to social distancing.
Everyone has something of the Joker in them.
Psychologists are debating whether the presence of one trait – boldness – is the key to determining if someone is a psychopath, or just a garden-variety criminal.
It’s tempting to think that difficult coworker might be a psychopath, but this just distracts us from the difficult work of making our workplaces better places to be.
While research indicates there are likely to be fewer female psychopaths than male, this may be because their traits are less visible than their male counterparts.
How do we deal with people whose emotional responses we don’t understand? Demolition does not have the answers.
Despite the popular perception, most psychopaths aren’t coldblooded or psychotic killers. Many live successfully among us, using their personality traits to get what they want.
Psychopaths and sociopaths have similar characteristics, lacking remorse or empathy for others. And they can both be violent, deceitful and manipulative. But what are the differences between the two?