psychopathic personality

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to psychopathic personality: sociopathic personality

psychopathic personality


(per?son-al'it-e) [L. personalitas]
The unique organization of traits, characteristics, and modes of behavior of an individual, setting that individual apart from others and at the same time determining how others react to the individual. Synonym: persona (2) See: personality test

alternating personality

Dissociative identity disorder.

anal personality

In Freudian psychology, a personality disorder marked by excessive orderliness, stinginess, and obstinacy. If carried to an extreme, these qualities lead to the development of obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Synonym: anal characteristic

borderline personality

See: borderline personality disorder

callous-unemotional personality

Abbreviation: CU
A group of personality traits including lack of empathy, manipulativeness, and remorselessness. These traits are considered to be indicators of conduct disorder in childhood and adolescence and are uniquely characteristic of antisocial personality disorder in adults.

compulsive personality

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

distressed personality

Type D personality.

double personality

Dissociative identity disorder.

extroverted personality

See: extrovert

inadequate personality

A personality type in which the individual is ineffective and is physically and emotionally unable to cope with the normal stress of living.

introverted personality

See: introvert (1)

modal personality

The individual traits or characteristics typical of the society in which a person lives.

multiple personality

A term formerly used for dissociative identity disorder. See: dissociative identity disorder

obsessive-compulsive personality

Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

paranoid personality

Paranoid personality disorder.

psychopathic personality

Antisocial personality disorder.

type A personality

See: behavior

type B personality

See: behavior

type D personality

A personality type in which the individual is inhibited and uncomfortable in social situations, has difficulty making friends, and who tends to experience, but repress, feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, and discontent with others. Some studies have found correlations between this personality type and an increased risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease.
Synonym: distressed personality
References in periodicals archive ?
Rick Harry is chief operating officer of the Minnesota Sexual Psychopathic Personality Treatment Center.
One study found that adolescents who show psychopathic personality traits display insecure attachment styles (Catchpole, 2008).
And now, as the DSM-5 work groups revise their proposals for diagnostic criteria, the psychopathic personality is poised to appear in the diagnostic manual, albeit in modified form.
In total, the models indicated that psychopathic personality traits measured by the PPI-SF Narcissism, PPI-SF Extraversion, PPI-SF Unemotionality, and PPI-SF Fearless-Nonconformity were significant yet inconsistent risk factors for diverse forms of criminal behaviour and subsequent involvement with the criminal justice system.
Retief and Wessels postulate that Stalin did not suffer from a psychosis (true insanity, with loss of contact with reality), but that he had a markedly psychopathic personality.
The Gulf War veteran had been suffering and still suffers a combination of psychopathic personality disorders and severe post traumatic stress disorder from his Army experiences.
He was suffering at the time - and still suffers - from post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by his Army service and from psychopathic personality disorders, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams - who grew up in Liverpool - it is the story of two kidnappers, their female victim and a disfigured farmer with a psychopathic personality.
Doctor Hamden also suggests that it is important to note that a small percentage of women who kill their new-born may have a psychopathic personality disorder, which is likely to lead them to be irresponsible, immature or even seductive and not to realise the consequences of their behaviour - or not even worry about these consequences until they are faced with them.
To do their jobs properly, correction managers, therapists, parole board members, supervisors, and line staff require valid information about the psychopathic personality, which is found through study of Dr.
By all accounts, he had a psychopathic personality.
Then he said even if they did decide Royston was the killer, they would have to consider whether his illness - described as depression and a psychopathic personality disorder - had affected his mind so much that he was guilty, not of murder, but of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.