Psychopathy is probably one of the most fascinating, yet complex, psychological disorders studied today. When one thinks of a psychopath, they may immediately envision the serial killer. When one thinks of the serial killer, they likely conclude that the individual is a psychopath. Even though most researchers and scholars describe serial killers as psychopathic, many of the former do not possess all or even many of the characteristics empirically outlined for the psychopath. In fact, studies of purported serial killers reveal that their personalities are as different as their backgrounds. Serial killers all do, however, have several significant behavioral traits in common that set them apart from the psychopath; as well as any personality disorder outlined in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM5) including criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder. Identifying a serial killer may be so confounding to many experts because of the utilization of a too-broad description, which erroneously miscategorizes individuals as serial killers. This paper explores the need for accurate criteria to detect and categorize the true serial killer and utilize such information to formulate a personality disorder definition.
|Advisor:||Swenson, Craig D.|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Personality psychology, Clinical psychology, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Serial Killers, Psychopath, Antisocial personality, Bunday, Dahmer, Wuornos|
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