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Psychopathy Is...
not a synonym for violence or crime.

Psychopathy does increase the risk for violence and criminal behavior. But in many people psychopathy leads mostly to less serious behaviors, such as manipulation, lying, stealing, and bullying.
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Psychopathy Is...
the most expensive mental health condition in existence,

costing the criminal justice system an estimated $460 billion annually. Every $1 invested in treating psychopathy saves over $7.
Psychopathy Is...
a major risk factor for gun violence.

Children with psychopathic traits are over four times more likely than other children to use a gun during a crime. Investing in better treatment options for psychopathy will reduce gun violence.
Psychopathy Is...
a major risk factor for bullying.

Bullies are over twice as likely to have psychopathic traits as children who don’t bully. Children with psychopathic traits are more likely to become bullies even if they were never bullied themselves. Investing in better treatment options for psychopathy will reduce bullying.
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Psychopathy Is...
a common mental disorder.

It is more common than schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or anorexia. But, unlike these disorders, psychopathy receives almost no federal research funding. Such funding is needed to identify mechanisms, preventions and treatments.
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Psychopathy Is...
something a person has, not something a person is.

Psychopathy is a mental disorder, like depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is not a disorder a person chooses to have. And symptoms can improve with treatment.
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Psychopathy Is...
very difficult to detect.

Unlike many other serious mental disorders, psychopathy can be invisible to observers. People with psychopathy often present a “mask” of normalcy despite their serious emotional and behavioral disturbances. There are no cues that reliably signal that someone has psychopathy.
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Raising awareness, voices and fundS

Psychopathy Is co-founder Abigail Marsh on why some people are more altruistic and others are psychopathic.

PSYCHOPATHY IS... About hope. About letting people know the disorder is treatable. And that you don’t have to live in fear of violence, when you can estimate the risk of it.

PSYCHOPATHY IS... About truth. Separating fact from fiction. Freeing people from stigma. And helping them find a place where they feel free to share their story.

PSYCHOPATHY IS... About community. Creating local networks that have the same questions and fears. Have resources to share. And always have your back.

PSYCHOPATHY IS... About to change the conversation surrounding psychology's most misunderstood disorder.

What it's like to live with Psychopathy

What is your background, and how did you come to realize that you had psychopathy?

What are some things you've done as a result of your psychopathy?

What is it like to go through life with psychopathy?

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Personal Stories

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Story from Phil

My name is Phil, 57 years old. My life is a story of broken hearts and empty purses. A trail of wreckage in my wake that I don't see hear or feel.
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A Psychopath’s Story

Remorse is alien to me. I have a penchant for deceit. I am generally free of entangling and irrational emotions. I am strategic and canny, intelligent...
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A Sociopath’s Story*

As a wife and a mother, I have learned how to tell the truth. Which is why I always know when my husband is lying. My husband was trying to tell me...
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Getting over it – What We Can Learn by Asking People How They Cope With Shame

While it might not be intuitive to think about shame when thinking about psychopathy, there might be actually relevant mechanisms to consider when it comes to internalising negative emotions, such as shame. In a recent publication, Carlo Garofalo and Patrizia Velotti (Garofalo & Velotti, 2021) investigated the relationship between psychopathy and coping with shame as a form of emotion regulation.
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The Police Report Not Taken

Not everyone knows that cruelty to animals is illegal. And not everyone knows that children with Conduct Disorder (CD), in addition to their other behavioral challenges, are more likely to engage in animal cruelty than other neurotypical children. What they also don’t know is: all too often, officials don’t seem to know or care themselves. This is a big problem. I’ve heard many stories of animal cruelty over the years, but three stand out.
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Mass Review: A parent’s journey

Note: “Mass” premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters on Friday, October 8. You might be asking: Why is Psychopathy Is doing a movie review? Because that movie is Mass, and Mass is a conversation between two sets of parents: the parents of a child who was killed, and the parents of the child who killed him. As a mother who parented a child with psychopathy, I wanted to know how Mass would reflect the experience of parents whose children hurt people.
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