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.
costing the criminal justice system an estimated $460 billion annually. Every $1 invested in treating psychopathy saves over $7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raising awareness, voices and funding
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.