Emotionality and Violent Behavior in Psychopaths

A Biosocial Analysis
  • Christopher J. Patrick
  • Kristin A. Zempolich
  • Gary K. Levenston
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 292)

Abstract

According to the classic clinical description of psychopathy offered by Hervey Cleckley, violence and persistent criminality are not essential aspects of the disorder. He theorized that the primary features of psychopathy derive from a constitutional deficit in affectivity that actually diminished the likelihood of intense emotional displays, vengeful grudges, and angry aggression.

Keywords

Antisocial Behavior Violent Behavior Startle Potentiation Emotional Detachment Weapon Offense 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Patrick
    • 1
  • Kristin A. Zempolich
    • 1
  • Gary K. Levenston
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeSA

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