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Psychopathic Personality

  1. Christopher J. Patrick,
  2. Uma Vaidyanathan

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0742

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Patrick, C. J. and Vaidyanathan, U. 2010. Psychopathic Personality. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Minnesota

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Because of its important social impact, psychopathic personality (psychopathy) is one of the most studied personality disorders. Psychopathy is characterized by distinctive emotional (shallow affect, lack of remorse or shame, callousness), interpersonal (charm, grandiosity, deceitfulness, manipulativeness), and behavioral features (impulsivity, irresponsibility, norm-violating acts). Antisocial personality disorder (APD) comprises a related, but distinguishable syndrome. The diagnostic criteria for APD include extensive coverage of behavioral deviancy in childhood and adulthood but limited coverage of affective and interpersonal features.


  • psychopathy;
  • antisocial behavior;
  • aggression;
  • externalizing;
  • boldness