CC210 Lecture Notes - The Great Impostor, Aileen Wuornos, Malice Aforethought

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Oct 31, 2012
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criminal psychopathy
Personality Disorders
an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that deviates markedly from society.
Pervasive, inflexible, and stable over time, leads to distress or impairment
Affects different aspects or functioning
Thinking patterns
Experience of emotions
Impulse control
Interpersonal functioning
6-9% population.
The mad, the bad and the sad
Cluster A:
Odd/Eccentric
-schizoid, paranoid, schizotypal
Cluster B:
Dramatic/Emotional
Antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, histrionic
Cluster C: Anxious, Fearful
Avoidant, Dependat, Obsessive-Compulsive
Cluster B is related to criminal behaviour.
Anti-Social Personality Disorder (APD)
A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since the age of 15
years
Indicated by three (or more) of the following:
Failure to conform to social norms
Deceitfulness
Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
Irritability and aggressiveness
Reckless disregard for safety or self or others
Consistent irresponsibility
Lack of remorse
There are primary behavioural indicators
50% inmates meet criteria for ASPD
Psychopath
“Social predators who charm, manipulate, adn ruthlessly plow their way through life... completely
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Personality disorders an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that deviates markedly from society. Pervasive, inflexible, and stable over time, leads to distress or impairment. A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since the age of 15 years. Reckless disregard for safety or self or others. Social predators who charm, manipulate, adn ruthlessly plow their way through life completely lacking in conscience and empathy, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please robert. Psychopathy is a personality disorder, a constellation of symptoms. Cutoff = 30 for criminal psychopath using pcl full 40 item version. Factor 1 (affective interpersonal traits) glibness/superficial charm grandiose sense of self worth pathological lying conning/manipulative lack of remorse or guilt shallow affect callous/lack of empathy. Parasitic lifestyle (don"t like to work if they don"t have to- live off other people) poor behavioural controls early behavioural problems lack of realistic, long term goals.

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