The Mask of Sanity: The Mental Disorders of Poets

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For the next two centuries, researchers would subsequently refine this nomenclature by including various types of antisocial and criminal behaviors that were characteristic of mentally disturbed individuals. In his book, The Mask of Sanity (1982), though, H. C. Cleckley maintained that psychopaths were not necessarily the product of deprived lives in the early years, but suggested that people who have some of the characteristics of psychopathic behaviors do not have the requisite insight into their disorder or their personal state of well-being to recognize them (Raine, 1993). According to Gao and Glenn (2009), "Cleckley's book, The Mask of Sanity, provided the first and classic description and interpretation of psychopathy and theorized that this form of personality disorders may be due to a biological deficit" (p. 813). To help distinguish between personality types, Cleckley (1982) defined "psychopathy" as "a personality disorder evidenced by a distinctive cluster of behaviors and inferred personality traits defined by the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised" (p. 449). By contrast, Cleckley defined "psychopath" as "a social predator (diagnosed with psychopathy) who often…
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