Psychopathy: The Basics is an accessible text that provides a compact introduction to the major findings and debates concerning this complex personality disorder.

This book provides an overview of the field and covers a wide range of research findings from genetics to psychosocial developmental explanations. It begins with an exploration of the historical conception of the phenomenon of psychopathy and goes on to discuss its social and cultural accounts. It also delves into biologically based explanations including genetic and evolutionary approaches, along with criminological and entrepreneurial types of psychopathy. Offering a balanced perspective, thisbook addresses the nature-nurture debate in the field and also discusses widely accepted personality traits of psychopaths. Lastly, it also provides a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading

This book will be an essential read for students of forensic psychology, or criminology. It is also an ideal starting point for those interested in the science of psychopathy and personality disorders.

  1. What is psychopathy: Definitions and history of the conception
  2. Implications of measurement in shaping our understanding of psychopathy
  3. Explanations: Social, psychological and cultural
  4. Explanations: Biological
  5. Explanations: Personality-Psychopathy interaction
  6. Explanations: Developmental pathway and continuity
  7. Criminal and entrepreneurial psychopaths
  8. Psychopaths living among us
  9. Can they change their spots?