What Is Known Today About Psychopaths

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Abstract

Reviews the book, The Psychopath: Theory, Research, and Practice, edited by Hugues Hervé and John C. Yuille (see record 2006-11788-000). The book consists of seven sections written by different authors, all of whom are well known in their field. The contents range from the evolution of the construct from the earliest recorded work to the present-day research, through issues of methodology and measurement, to etiology of the disorder, to characteristic behavior and problems, to what can be learned from the study of psychopaths that can be useful in understanding other types of personality, and to subtypes of psychopathy. The work ends with a valuable chapter on the practice of therapy with psychopaths on the basis of the results of the new research. As with most books compiled by many authors, the quality of the chapters varies greatly. Some are so fascinating it is difficult to put the book down, while a few are so boring one is tempted to skip over them. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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