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PsychopathyAn Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications$
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Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777053

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777053.001.0001

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Successful Psychopaths

Successful Psychopaths

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(p.148) 7 Successful Psychopaths
Source:
Psychopathy
Author(s):

Andrea L. Glenn

Adrian Raine

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814777053.003.0008

This chapter describes psychopaths who are not engaged in criminal behavior. These individuals can be found in all walks of society, and may include individuals of high social status such as businessmen, physicians, scientists, and politicians. They are mainly characterized by traits of egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, lack of emotion, impulsivity, and irresponsibility, but may not have had any arrests or convictions. Such individuals are sometimes referred to as successful psychopaths—persons with high levels of psychopathic traits who are able to get by in society, often taking advantage of others, without ever coming into contact with the law. These noninstitutionalized individuals with psychopathic traits may not only outnumber the institutionalized psychopathic population, but also may in the long run become more dangerous and destructive to society.

Keywords:   psychopaths, criminal behavior, successful psychopaths, psychopathic traits, egocentricity, manipulativeness, impulsivity, irresponsibility

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