There are several times throughout various texts where the question begs, “What is Psychopathy?”
According to Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine (2014), psychopathy describes individuals with certain personality traits which include “self-importance, self-centeredness, and grandiose. They also remind us that the socio-economic factors support on-set psychopathic behaviors. Mostly what this means is that a person who is already genetically wired as a psychopath will usually follow through with psychopathic violence when their home-life is unsatisfying (Glenn & Raine, 2014; Groat & Shane, 2020). Remember that an unsatisfying home life does not always equate to a lower socio-economic environment.
Look at the Mendez brother’s, they presented psychopathic behaviors without being raised in a “poor” environment. They had money, but did they have the ‘love’ they craved from their parents? We may never know for sure.
Psychopathic behaviors can include violet responses toward people who get in the way of these grandiose and self-valued perceptions (Groat & Shane, 2020). Some of the violent responses take place when the psychopath views his/her victim as the person who is challenging their self-value.
In other words, a surrogate will have to do until the psychopath actually finds and harms their intended victim (Delisi, Drury & Elbert, 2020). If the correct victim is not present, the psychopath will need to improvise until they get the chance to harm their intended victim (Delisi et al., 2020; Groat & Shane, 2020). However, there are other factors which contribute to psychopathy.
Biological factors are present in psychopaths. Is a person born to be a psychopath? With every type of mental disorder, there is what is known as ‘nature vs. nurture.’ Psychopathic behavior stems from both (Glenn & Raine, 2014). Therefore, biology is simply part of the diagnosis.
Psychopathy can create violence and other criminal behavior (Delisi et al., 2020). However, it is also known to be present in people who show signs of verbal aggressiveness (Glenn & Raine, 2014). We all know at least one person who demonstrates psychopathic behaviors.
This might seem scary, but when you think about psychopathy as it is defined, you can see that not all psychopathic behavior is dangerous to others (Glenn & Raine, 2014; Groat & Shane, 2020). Just remember that we all have the psychopathic tendency and can display it differently (Delisi et al., 2020; Glenn & Raine, 2014). Therefore, watching people and responding to them appropriately can ease some of the tension.
Again, for another recommended text on psychopathy: I recommend Psychopathy: An introduction to biological findings and their implications by Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine (2014).
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