Victims and Survivors of Psychopaths

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Meloy (1992) broke down psychopathic disturbance as follows:

PCL-R Scores:  10 – 19  Mild psychopathic disturbance

               20 – 29  Moderate psychopathic disturbance

               30 – 40  Psychopath

Approximately 1% of the population is thought to be psychopathic, yet:

 –Psychopaths commit more than 50% of all serious crimes –

-Half of all law enforcement murdered in the line of duty were killed by a psychopath

–Approximately 1 out of 5 persistent domestic abusers are thought to be psychopathic

–50% of all serial rapists are thought to be psychopathic.

Although criminal behavior tends to go hand in hand with psychopathy, not all psychopaths engage in criminal behavior that is grounds for arrest.  Or if they do,

they’re too slick to get caught or they may be able to cover up their crimes and misdeeds by using their wit, education, family money, and other connections.  Many of them become romantic cons, or they con the elderly or other people, manipulating (robbing) their victims out of money and possessions, which carries a lot less risk than robbing a bank.  They know full well there is little recourse to the victim as law enforcement has its hands full with violent crimes and do not usually go full throttle in prosecuting such cases. Many psychopaths have never, nor will they ever seen the inside of a prison, although they may see the inside of your wallet by conning and manipulating you out of what they want, or they may screw you over in some other manner.

However, people other than psychopaths can also engage in extremely bad behavior at times.  Donald M. Black, author of Bad Boys, Bad Men:  Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder, says isolated behavior that defies the rules of society is very common n the general population, that many of us flout the rules at some point in our lives.  In an ECA study, 30% of the men surveyed in St. Louis admitted four or more moving traffic violations, 18% of the men admitted infidelity in their marriages in three or more affairs,

and 8% admitted to engaging in illegal activity such as drug dealing or other illegal work related activities.  In a Baltimore study, 34% of those surveyed had a history of some type of antisocial behavior from time to time.  Black says that at least 1/4 to 1/3 of the population has engaged in some degree of antisocial activities, although they don’t have the degree of severity and varied symptoms required for a diagnosis of ASPD. 

Recent studies show that 45-55% of married women and 50-60% of married men have extramarital sex at some point in their marital relationship. (Atwood & Schwartz, 2002, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy).  Therefore, the vast majority of people committing infidelity are not psychopaths, yet they are engaging in a good many traits listed on the PCL-R while engaging in the affair.  However, their behavior is specific to the situation, and does not carry over into other areas of their lives. 

Psychopathy is a severe disorder and as Hare said it is important not to label a person a psychopath just because they engage in behavior from time to time that you find questionable.  He also says that a person who scores in the mid range of the PCL-R may not be a very nice person or a model citizen, but they are not a “psychopath”. 

Hare states the average person would score a “5” on the PCL-R

The average PCL-R scores for incarcerated criminals are:  22 for men; 19 for women.

The mean score in the North American forensic psychiatric population is somewhat lower, at around 20.

Many psychiatrist would consider a person who scores as high as 20, but not high enough to be classified as a psychopath, to be a sociopath.

Written by victimsofpsychopaths

March 22, 2009 at 3:56 am

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  1. I’m a 16 year old female,and I took this some time ago. And according to my result,I scored between a 19 to a 21.

    I doubt that’s normal. People told me it’s nothing to really worry about when I brought up for a brief amount of time,I questioned my sanity. A friend of mine believes I might be more of a sociopath (I think he has moderate psychopathic disturbanes, but being a full blown psychopath is something I’m not sure of)

    So if someone could e-mail me,then thanks.


    March 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

  2. There a classic psychopath who is successful corporate type who has an “.obsession ” with me. He fills all the criteria of psychopathic, the controlling.other people,denial etc etc to the point of boredom. A year ago started using “magic ” to rape and assault me. I had already being suffering his unwanted attention seriously for a decades. But got much worse in last 12 years ago. The sexual assaults started a year ago
    Of course he has set me up well and proper so I have no other avenue for redress
    I live on Auckland nz a.small place, have been isolated etc all the.classic and anyone who van has.been bought out( as per MO of psychopath.
    I am at a to to.get assistance and any advice would be appreciated. My cell phone number is 022 18 40 215 and.I can call you back. SOS!!! Help! Linda


    March 7, 2012 at 12:15 am

  3. […] and for jobs such as CEO’s. That, by no means, means that 10% of people are psychopaths, with the total number actually being closer to 1%. This means that psychopaths are unusually successful in industries that require… well, uh, […]

  4. Sollte ich lieber eine Sony Kamera kaufen, oder keine Marken Kamera?


    May 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

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