Definition of Psychopathic personality
1. Noun. A personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings ('psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by 'sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now 'antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term).
Generic synonyms: Personality Disorder
Lexicographical Neighbors of Psychopathic Personality
Literary usage of Psychopathic personality
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Kingdom of Evils: Psychiatric Social Work Presented in One Hundred Case by Elmer Ernest Southard, Mary Cromwell Jarrett (1922)
"According to one group of thinkers every psychopath, and especially every victim of psychopathic personality, is practically sui generis; that is to say, ..."
2. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1920)
"She is right, because it is not a question of goodness or badness, it is a question of outbursts due to psychopathic personality, a confusion which is the ..."
3. Auxiliary Education: The Training of Backward Children by Bruno Maennel (1909)
"It is, the minority holds, the easy way out to classify a boy or a girl as a "psychopathic personality," since any failure to overcome the conditions which ..."
4. Mental diseases ; a public health problem by James Vance May (1922)
"CHAPTER XVII THE PSYCHOSES WITH psychopathic personality The introduction of the term psychopathic personality is probably to be attributed to the ..."
5. Getting Off the Hook: Treatment of Drug Addiction and Social Disorders by Jurriaan Plesman (1986)
"In the psychopathic personality as defined by the researchers, the return upwards to the normal range was slow. However, the group of violent offenders that ..."
6. Ill-Equipped: U.S. Prisons and Offenders with Mental Illness by Sasha Abramsky (2003)
"Coughlin, 80-CV-385S (WD New York) (undated), citing H. Quay, "Psychopathic personality as pathological stimulation seeking," American Journal of Psychiatry ..."
7. Contributions to Medical and Biological Research by William Osler (1919)
"Some nations seem to have what is equivalent to a psychopathic personality, ie, they are abnormal in certain lines of their developmental activities. ..."
8. Governor's (Minnesota) Commission on Violent Crimes: Final Report (1993)
"Currently, roughly ninety percent of all psychopathic personality commitments take place in Hennepin County. Outside the Twin City metropolitan area, ..."