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psychopath

a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such acts
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RIGHTS ABUSEThe website of the magazine Psychology Today, which demystifies all matters psychology, explains that one of the signs of sociopaths is that they disregard (or violate) the rights of others.It's no secret that there have been a number of human rights violations including senseless murders, gender injustices, land grabbing and violations of media freedom that have happened under the watch of our political leaders.
Rather than getting bogged down in specific diagnostic criteria, The Empathy Trap uses the term sociopaths to define any person who is so lacking empathy that as consequence they intentionally inflict emotional pain and suffering on their victims.
Like a true sociopath, however, he lacks any sense of moral responsibility, and hence, if empowered, is capable of wreaking damage on those around him.
Hart requests as his court-appointed lawyer Ted Stevens, who prosecuted Hart for murder years before and was convinced he was a sociopath faking mental illness.
As a team of lawyers, therapists and women from a safe house help Helen and Phoebe find hope and healing, a sociopath lurks, waiting for his moment to strike.
Harvard Psychologist Stout (2005) offered a different view in The Sociopath Next Door.
If someone exhibits three or more of the following characteristics, they might be a sociopath: antagonistic, callous, impulsive, pathological liar, lack of or shallow emotions, exaggerated sexuality, excessive boasting, glib, manipulative, secretive and paranoid.
I HAD YET ANOTHER conversation, with yet another friend, who found herself reeling from an intimate relationship with yet another predatory sociopath. The story is typical: the sociopath was married yet claimed he was not.
A compassionate friend gave me a copy of a book titled The Sociopath Next Door.
thieving sociopath but rather an addict who engages in sociopath-like
Ripley, wherein a gay sociopath was met not with catcalls or boycotts but rather an $81 million domestic gross and a place in many gay men's DVD collections.
The terms sociopath and psychopath are the ones the public might use to refer to someone who is mentally ill with homicidal tendencies, but those terms are not in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, said Dr.