- Psychological Issues
In response to our recent rash of sniper attacks in the Washington D.C area, and the term “Psychopath” being used indiscriminately, we feel that it is appropriate to truly define this term for our valued members.
Psychopathy is not a clinical term in either the DSM-IV or the ICD-10. The nearest equivalent to it is, in the DSM-IV is Antisocial Personality Disorder, while the ICD-10 uses the term “sociopathy” or “Dissocial Personality Disorder”. With this in mind, I will focus on both the characteristics of the DSM-IV definitions, as well as the general “public definitions” of a psychopath.
These persons, in general, display many of the following traits:
Essentially, they violate social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret in order to take what they want and do as they please.
It is estimated that 1-4% of the population is sociopathic, but most are able to control it within the limits of social tolerability, only being termed “socially obnoxious”.