Analysis Of Antipersonality Disorder And Psychopathy

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ANALYSIS OF ANTIPERSONALITY DISORDER AND PSYCHOPATHY
Psychopathy is a common term used to “describe a grouping of personality traits that include such things as impulsive behavior, lack of regard for others, lack of a normal range of emotional responsiveness and frequent deception or manipulation of others” (Elements Behavioral Health). Antisocial Personality Disorder and psychopathy are used interchangeably to describe the psychological and personality disorder that causes one to disregard human life. While the American Psychiatric Association uses the terms interchangeably, many believe these two disorders to be similar, yet separate disorders. Many people do agree however that most psychopaths are afflicted with antisocial personality disorder. One major concept to know is that most psychopaths are antisocial personalities, but not all antisocial personalities are psychopaths (much like how a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not square). For the sake of avoiding confusion, the following research will focus on the aspect that most psychopaths are antisocial personalities in order to examine characters from the blockbuster hit, Silence of the Lambs.
DEMOGRAPHIC OF ANTIPERSONALITY DISORDER/PSYCHOPATHY Psychopathy occurs in one percent of the population, while persons with exclusively antisocial personality disorder make up only four percent of the population (O’Connor). Antisocial personality disorder occurs in males more frequently than females and a “large

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