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:

A SHORT FORENSIC TALE

January 13th, 2015

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