8. Predatory Violence and Psychopathy

  1. Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm2,3 and
  2. Jan-Olof Nyholm2
  1. J. Reid Meloy

Published Online: 23 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119944980.ch8

Psychopathy and Law: A Practitioner's Guide

Psychopathy and Law: A Practitioner's Guide

How to Cite

Meloy, J. R. (2012) Predatory Violence and Psychopathy, in Psychopathy and Law: A Practitioner's Guide (eds H. Häkkänen-Nyholm and J.-O. Nyholm), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119944980.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    PsyJuridica Ltd, Espoo, Finland

  2. 3

    University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Finland

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, and San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470972380

Online ISBN: 9781119944980



  • predatory violence and psychopathy;
  • act of violence, parents' nightmare;
  • science of predatory violence;
  • affective violence;
  • measuring predatory, affective violence;
  • psychopathic individuals;
  • legal, judicial Issues;
  • permutations of homicide;
  • applied forensic measures;
  • boundless egoism, destructive urge


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Science of Predatory Violence

  • Measurement

  • Predatory Violence and the Psychopath

  • Legal and Judicial Issues

  • TheWay Forward: Future Research and Applications

  • References