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Subclinical Psychopaths: How They Adapt, Their Interpersonal Interactions with and Effect on Others, and How to Detect Them
Smith, Cary Stacy and Li-Ching Hung
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2013-10-01 / 039808761X
Forensic / Social Psychology
price: $50.95 (may be subject to change)
266 pages
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It is estimated that psychopaths make up about 1 percent of the general population. They do everything that a normal person does, with the exception that they possess no empathy and/or conscience toward others, are highly skilled in the art of manipulation, and they have no compunction using others to get what they want and are masters at it. This book is intended for mental health professionals who want to know more about a phenomenon that is both fascinating and scary and who seek to gain information about a topic that, thus far, has received scant attention from researchers. The authors focus on a number of different areas concerning subclinical psychopathy, with some chapters being more technical than others primarily due to the nature of the data reported. Chapters include: An Introduction to Subclinical Psychopathy; A Short History of Psychopathy; What is Subclinical Psychopathy?; The Psychopathic Brain; Child and Adolescent Psychopaths; Interpersonal Relationships; Personality Factors—How to Detect Psychopaths; Treatment for Psychopathy; and How to Deal with the Psychopath in Your Life. While the book is not a treatise on subclinical psychopathy, after reading it, readers will walk away with a better understanding of the subject.

Rather than offering a scholarly treatment for professionals, this book is intended to pique the interest of undergraduate students in psychology and mental health fields. Written to be accessible to all, including general readers, the book includes chapters on how to identify and deal with subclinical psychopaths and gives advice on what to do if your romantic partner turns out to be a subclinical psychopath. The book begins by defining the differences between sociopath, psychopath, and antisocial personality disorder, then reviews the history of research, defines characteristics, and reports on current science on the psychopathic brain. Chapters on assessment and treatment are written at a more in-depth level. Smith teaches psychology at the National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. Hung teaches English at the Overseas Chinese University, Taiwan.
– 2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


1. An Introduction to Subclinical Psychopaths
Sociopath vs. Psychopath vs. Antisocial Personality Disorder
2. A Short History of Psychopathy
After Cleckley
Disagreements with Hare and the PCL-R
3. What Is Subclinical Psychopathy?
The Car Salesman
Other Examples
How Do Psychopaths See Themselves?
Malignant Narcissism
Assessment Phase
Manipulation Phase
Abandonment Phase
Weaknesses Exploited by Psychopaths
4. The Psychopathic Brain
The Amygdala
Theory of Mind
Testosterone and Neurotransmitters
Neurocognitive Models
The Violence Inhibition Mechanism Model
Reactive Aggression
The Somatic Marker Model
The Social Response Reversal Model
Developmental Psychopathy
Information Processing
The Behavioral Activation System (BAS), the Fight-Flight
System (FFS), and the Behavioral Inhibition System (BIS)
Empirical Evidence
Behavioral Activation System: Revised
Fight-Flight-Freezing System: Revised
Behavioral Inhibition System: Revised
Nature Versus Nurture
5. Child and Adolescent Psychopaths
Stability of Psychopathic Traits
Possible Predictors of Psychopathy
Three Perspectives
Assessing for Childhood/Adolescent Psychopathy
The Antisocial Process Screening Device
The Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version
The Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory
Infant Attachment Styles
The Departamentul Securitatii Statului
6. Interpersonal Relationships
Life History Theory
Interpersonal Theory
Successful versus Unsuccessful Psychopathy
Psychopathy and Societal Aims
Psychopathy and Socially Significant Personality Characteristics
Psychopathy and Social Adaptation
The Dark Triad
7. Personality Factors: How to Detect Psychopaths
Glib and Superficial
Egocentric and Grandiose
Unrealistic Long-Term Goals
Lack of Remorse or Guilt
Lack of Empathy
Deceitful and Manipulative
Shallow Emotions
Poor Behavior Controls
A Need for Excitement
Lack of Responsibility
Hostile Attribution Bias
Potency Bias
Subclinical Psychopaths at Work
Family Life
Parasitic Lifestyle
Moral judgment
Factor Models
8. Treatment for Psychopathy
Approaches to Treatment
Pharmacological Treatment
Are Pharmacological Treatments Effective?
Does Comorbidity Affect Pharmacological Treatments?
Physical Treatments
The Response to Physical Treatments
Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Approaches
The Effects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Therapeutic Community
Can Psychopathy Be Treated?
Conclusion 1
Conclusion 2
Conclusion 3
9. How to Deal with the Psychopath in Your Life
Things to Remember
Psychopaths Lack a Conscience
Psychopaths Are Experts at Manipulation
Psychopaths Have Preternatural Charm
Psychopaths Have Excellent Communication Skills
Psychopaths Are Masters at Making a Good Impression
How a Psychopath Makes You Feel
You Feel Sympathetic
You Feel Worried or Afraid
You Owe Them
You Feel Guilty
You Feel Lied to or Deceived
You Feel Taken Advantage of
Questions to Ask
What to Do If You Think Your Romantic Partner is Psychopathic

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