February 2015

PSYCHOPATHY: A Morality Play-Part 3

My earliest awareness of symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder and my model for understanding it was not the DSM, but was at a Passover Seder in Canarsie, Brooklyn in 1959.  My mother’s family gathered for the occasion, the family that did most to rear me during my early years.  No one from my father’s family was present since they were scattered over various places, some foreign, and did not like my mother’s family anyway.  My father was seldom home because his work involved travel and, as I realized much later, he didn’t like the daily burden of being in a family or being responsibl

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PSYCHOPATHY: A Morality Play-Part 2

Psychopathy is a mental disorder that carries with it a lot of baggage because it makes moral judgments about people based on their actions, is ignored as a diagnosis except in cases where the perpetrator comes to the attention of authorities, and because successful treatment does not exist outside of a correctional setting, although correction is not the result of treatment but by letting the environment break the person down, that is, if the “treatment” is to work at all.

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