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Psychopathic Behavior

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Laura Medina

on 5 September 2013

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Psychopathic Behavior
What is Psychopathy?
Society and Psychopathic Behavior
Generally society has a fascination as well as fear of them
Blind to acknowledge them (1%)
Literature, both fiction and non-fiction, shows a trend of psychopathic characters (The Lovely Bones & Snakes in suits)
Movies tend to portray them as the charming con artist, the deranged serial killer, the successful corporate psychopath, or the chronic low-level offender with Juvenile delinquency. (Dexter, We need to talk about Kevin & Silence of the Lambs).
Cannot grasp the concept of there being no motive
sexual dominance=power
Cops (thrill), business men in high positions, politicians
Nancy Ebner & Laura Medina
Psychopathy is a disorder in which one endures several types of dysfunctional behaviors, such as; antisocial behavior, a diminished capacity for empathy or remorse, and poor behavioral control.
An individual that shows traits of psychopathic behavior is lacking guilt, remorse and empathy for their actions.
Distinguishable traits of Psychopathy
Superficial charm
Highly egotistic
Pathological Lying
Manipulative behavior
Proneness to boredom, thus need for stimulation
Parasitic Lifestyle
Lack of realistic long-term goals
Juvenile delinquency
Poor behavioral control
Early behavioral issues
Criminal Versatility
Other Traits
Short term martial relationships
Promiscuous sexual behavior
Scientific Explanation
Brain patterns
Passing of information between amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex is slow
VPC translates information into negative emotions
Not flustered if caught
Phineas Gage

How does this relate to "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest?
From all the characters in the story, Nurse Ratched portrays the most psychopathic traits.
Supposed to be the "care-taker"
She shows no empathy, is manipulative and shows superficial charm.

Psychopathy is considered untreatable.
No medications can establish empathy
"Talk therapy" might cause them to become more skilled at manipulating others and more likely to commit crime.
Punishment and behavior modification techniques most likely will not improve the behavior of psychopaths.
Louis Fletcher
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Dexter (2008-13)
Genetic Make-up
a predisposition to psychopathy?
no "psychopath gene"
Study on identical twins
The warrior gene (Monoamine Oxidase A- 3R)

loving environment vs. abusive one
Environment can make or break the psychopathic personality
Dr.James Fallon- neuroscientist
Lack of physical interaction as a baby
Brain scan of Dr.Fallon (right) and son (left)
The VPC and Amygdala
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