A COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TO THE TREATMENT OF PSYCHOPATHY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

This paper reviews research on the learning abilities and physiological responsiveness of psychopaths and incorporates its conclusions into a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach to psychopathy. Unlike other treatment strategies, this approach utilizes an appeal to the self-interests of the psychopath to motivate him to change. It was designed to modify irrational means-ends thinking, to teach self-control, and to encourage prosocial behaviors. Assumptions made about the nature of irrational beliefs, problem-solving skills, and self-interests of psychopaths are offered as testable hypotheses for further research.

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