Before I discuss the female psychopath, I will first address how to diagnose a psychopath—a subject of ongoing confusion.Once the distinction is clear, we can explore examples of how female psychopaths are similar to, and different from, their male counterparts. First offense: Look at the claims, responsibilities, and promises made or implied and address any inconsistencies. What is your personal cost to staying in this relationship?
Instead of targeting and exploiting the general public, they target their intimate partners and family members and anyone else who gets close enough to see behind their masks. Psychologists Hervey Cleckley and Robert Hare both developed sociopathy checklists.
Psychopathy is the same thing as Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD), the disorder which refers to the lack of conscience and empathy also often seen with psychopathy.
The APD diagnostic structure is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, now currently in its fifth edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
People hear the word sociopath and it conjures up images of Charles Manson, Bernie Madoff, and other serial killers, hucksters and con artists.
Yes, these individuals are sociopaths, but they’re extreme and obvious ones.