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Psychopath and Sociopath

Psychology Assignment

olivia konings

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of Psychopath and Sociopath

Mental Disorder:
Sociopaths and Psycohpaths
Some of the characteristics of a sociopath or psychopath are:
Superficial Charm
Manipulative and Conning
Grand sense of self
pathological lying
Lack of remorse, shame and guilt
Shallow emotions
Incapable of love
need for stimulation/ Risk taker
Lack of empathy
lack of control/ Impulsive nature
Early behavioural problems
Irresponsible and Unreliable
Promiscuous/ Infidelity
Lack of Realistic life plans
Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Characteristics of the Disorder
Psychopathy and Sociopathy are Anitsocial Personailty Disorders
Case Study
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Sociopath: a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behaviour is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
Psychopath: A person with an antisocial disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal or amoral behaviour without empathy or remorse.
Therories to the causes of the mental disorder.
social forces
natural selection
brain damage
Physiological responses
Psychopathy is thought to be heredity .

A number of chemicals in the brain are also different in those that are psychopathic then that of an average person.

Those that are abused as children are more likely to be abusive as adults. But..... a psychopath is just as likely to come from a loving home as they would a abusive home.
An abusive childhood can worsen a psychopaths traits but can not create a psychopath.
Social forces:
Psychopaths appear in every culture but .....

The United States has the highest percentage of psychopaths in its culture.
Natural Selection:

Theories of Life:

Theory One: have few children and take very good care of them in hopes that they will survive to reproduce.

Theory Two: have as many children as possible in hopes that they will survive to adulthood even if you do not take care of them.

The Psychopathic choice is?
Brain Damage:

Shows similarities:
lack of long term planning
shallow affect
low tolerance
Although brain damage has not been diagnosed as the cause of psychopathy.
Cognitive therapy:

Tries to understand the thoughts and feelings in a sociopath.
Physical therapy such as shock therapy and neurosurgery are also used to treat sociopaths.
Behavioural therapy is based on that the antisocial behaviour is not of warped belief but instead an undesired condition developed over time starting as a child.
Token economy
is where good
behaviour is rewarded with a symbolic token.
Psychotherapy is going into the inner world of the patient and attempting to understand the causes of the antisocial behaviour.
- Drugs are controversial
-Chemical masking
-Anti-psychotics also known as neuroleptics.

Drugs are also administered if there is a coexisting disorder such as depression.

Ted Bundy
-He is the most used example of a psychopathic serial killer.
-He shows various mental disorders
- His life was well documented.
-Bundy was said to have killed as many women as 20-40.
-He believed he could save his life.
-Bundy was executed in the electric chair in 1989.
-25% of inmates are diagnosed with being psychopathic behaviour.

-1 in 25-30 people are psychopaths.

-3% are males.
-1% are females.

- Attractive Psychopaths are probably more dangerous then unattractive ones.

- Everybody is a target. ( No matter what personality type you have.)
2 types of psychopathy:
Factor 1: Agressive Narcassism
Factor 2: Socially Deviant Lifestyle
Tv shows and movies based on psychopathic and sociopathic behaviour:
-Silence of the Lambs
-the joker from "Batman"
- the killer from " Vacancy 2"
-Anton Chigurh from "No Country for Old Men".
Psychopathic Mind. Killer Obsession.
Do you have any questions?
From the small clip of Ted Bundy, did he seem like he could harm anyone?
Or did his ability to seperate himself
and play on peoples emotions play a role?
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