June 14th, 2015

Some months ago, when I first started writing about psychopathy, I received a tweet from a young man—you can always tell the young men because their comments are usually based on the movies they like—who with an insider’s elbowing and some sly winks commented on how psychopaths follow their prey

PSYCHOPATHY-Part 4: The Rules of the Game

April 7th, 2015

A friendship died swiftly over dinner some 20 years ago, when I expressed the opinion to an octogenarian medical doctor that I was not against the death penalty.  This was a man of intelligence, dignity, warmth, and gentle-disposition, whose best traits turned sour in the face of disagreement on

PSYCHOPATHY: A Morality Play-Part 3

February 20th, 2015

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

PSYCHOPATHY: A Morality Play-Part 2

February 8th, 2015

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 outsi

PSYCHOPATHY: A Morality Play

January 25th, 2015

In which we continue our exploration of the definition of a mental disorder: