Do BPD Sufferers And Psychopaths Have Things In Common?

In the U.S. has been estimated that up to 30 % of those in prison suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) compared to 1-2% in the general population, about 20% in psychiatric institutions.and about 10% of psychiatric outpatients.(American Psychiatric Association). Given the disproportionate number of individuals with BPD in prison, it seems reasonable to ask …

‘Making A Monster’: The Effects Of The Childhood Of Rose West

A documentary called ‘Making A Monster’ recently aired on Channel 5 and involved various experts trying to assess to what degree to which the childhoods of some of the world’s worst criminals contributed to them carrying out their terrible acts. Serial killer Rose West, who carried out her profoundly distressing and utterly appalling crimes (these …

Childhood Trauma And Secondary Psychopathy

It has been argued (e.g. Cleckley, 1988) that there exist two types of psychopaths: Primary (also referred to as ‘true’) psychopaths Secondary psychopaths Primary psychopaths have been defined as those who commit antisocial acts because of an idiopathic lack of fear and empathy (Dean et al.). According to Karpman, primary psychopathy is largely the result …

‘Acquired Callousness’ In Young People Is Not The Same As Psychopathy

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A recent study conducted at the University of Vermont and published in the Journal Of Child Abnormal Psychology by psychological researchers Gill and Stickle (2016) suggests that those in the medical profession who are prone to see young people displaying certain characteristics and behaviours as nascent psychopaths may not properly appreciate the complexities involved in …

Controlling And Sociopathic Parents

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  Controlling and sociopathic parents will tend to see their child as an object/possession to be controlled and exploited according to the needs of that parent. Sociopaths share certain characteristics which include self-centeredness, lack of empathy, an excessive need for power and control, deviousness and deceptiveness, a predatory and exploitative nature, lack of conscience/feelings of …

The Pattern Of The Relationship With The Sociopathic Mother

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According to the psychotherapist Christine Louise de Canonville, sociopaths tend to follow a particular pattern in their relationship with others, manipulatively guiding the relationship through three specific phases in a Machiavellian manner. These three stages are as follows: PHASE 1: The Idealization Phase PHASE 2: The Devaluation Phase PHASE 3: The Discarding Phase Let’s briefly …

Sadistic-Narcissistic Parents And Their Effects

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        1431 word article. Sadistic-narcissistic parents need to feel superior to others and maintain power and control over them. In order to achieve this end, s/he is willing to inflict pain upon others, most frequently emotional and psychological pain, but sometimes physical pain too. Sadistic-narcissistic parents will frequently be prepared to inflict …

Childhood Trauma : Early Signs of Psychopathy

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Child Psychopaths First, it is important to state that diagnosing childhood psychological disturbance is fraught with difficulties as, once the child enters adolescence, behavioural problems are very far from uncommon, especially irritability, mood fluctuations, boundary testing/defiance and breaking social rules. However, the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) does list six conditions related to childhood conduct problems. …

Childhood Trauma: Its Relationship to Psychopathy.

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      The term ‘psychopath’ is often used by the tabloid press. In fact, the diagnosis of ‘psychopath’ is no longer given – instead, the term ‘anti-social personality disorder’ is generally used. When the word ‘psychopath’ is employed by the press, it tends to beĀ used for its ‘sensational’ value to refer to a cold-blooded …

Effects of Childhood Trauma On The Development Of Violent and Anti-Social Behaviour.

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    TONY SOPRANO: And to think I’m the cause of it. DR. MALFI: How are you the cause of it? TONY SOPRANO: It’s in his blood, this miserable fucking existence. My rotten fucking putrid genes have infected my kid’s soul. That’s my gift to my son. ***** Studies have shown that male children who …