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.
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