psychopathy

noun
psy·​chop·​a·​thy | \ sī-ˈkä-pə-thē How to pronounce psychopathy (audio) \
plural psychopathies

Definition of psychopathy

: mental disorder especially when marked by egocentric and antisocial activity, a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and often criminal tendencies

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What’s more, scores on each of the dimensions of the dark triad were positively correlated with one another: People with a tendency toward narcissism are also more likely to demonstrate Machiavellianism and psychopathy, and vice versa. Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 However, the analysis also showed that certain traits associated with psychopathy were perceived as slightly positive for men, but negative for women. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 Murphy used the data on personality from the previous study and used it to calculate a new score based on personality traits that indicated psychopathy, according to Quartz. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "D.C. is full of psychopaths, new study says. See where your state falls on the list," 19 June 2018 The one-in-five rate is much too high—the base rate for clinical psychopathy is only around 1 percent (one in 100)—due in part to the relatively small sample size of 261 senior professionals. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 The coldblooded and grandiose assault on a crowd of people Paddock had never met also bore characteristics of psychopathy, not of someone having a mental breakdown, said Dr. O’Toole, the retired FBI profiler. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "One Year Later, Experts Dig Deeper to Find Vegas Shooter’s Motive," 30 Sep. 2018 Research shows that internet trolls tend to display personality traits like sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. German Lopez, Vox, "David Hogg’s family was swatted. That’s extremely dangerous.," 5 June 2018 The discovery caught the attention of other researchers, and by the 1950s, psychedelic testing was in full bloom, yielding promising results for people suffering from neurosis, schizophrenia, and psychopathy. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘I Was a Storm of Confetti’: Michael Pollan On Why It’s a Good Idea To Lose Your Self," 30 May 2018 That's sociopathy, psychopathy rooted in narcissism. Fox News, "Texas lieutenant governor on preventing school shootings," 19 May 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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psychopathy

noun
psy·​chop·​a·​thy | \ sī-ˈkäp-ə-thē How to pronounce psychopathy (audio) \
plural psychopathies

Medical Definition of psychopathy

1 : mental disorder especially when marked by egocentric and antisocial activity, a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and criminal tendencies
2 especially formerly : antisocial personality

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