The Relationship Between Violence, Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy

  • Tia Hoffer
  • Holly Hargreaves-Cormany
  • Yvonne Muirhead
  • J Reid Meloy
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This section discusses the pattern of behaviors that may indicate an individual meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Although psychopathy is not a formal diagnosis, the lack of remorse, narcissism and low autonomic arousal may indicate overlapping symptoms and behaviors with ASPD, and only 14–25% of people diagnosed with ASPD meet the criteria of psychopathy. The section also examines the similarities between predatory violence and psychopathy.


Antisocial personality disorder Psychopathy Affective violence Predatory violence Domestic violence Borderline personality disorder Depression Conduct disorder Narcissism Arousal Remorse Impulsivity Deviance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tia Hoffer
    • 1
  • Holly Hargreaves-Cormany
    • 2
  • Yvonne Muirhead
    • 3
  • J Reid Meloy
    • 4
  1. 1.Federal Bureau of InvestigationKapoleiUSA
  2. 2.Marymount UniversityArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Federal Bureau of InvestigationSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA

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