Inside the Mind of a Psychopath

What is a psychopath?
The Beginning
Stereotypes & Myths
Is there a cure?
Infamous Psychopaths

The Beginning

Psychopathy and the underlying emotional problems seem to appear early in life, according to the American Psychiatric Association.  If a person is not diagnosed with an antisocial personality before the age of 15, it is extremely unlikely that there will be any form of antisocial disorder diagnosed for the rest of his or her life.  There are several different conduct disorders that are apparent in a child's life that may lead to a psychopathic disorder.  These include stealing, lying, bullying, cruelty to animals, setting things on fire, aggression, and running away from home.  Many of these children are found to be raised in a chaotic and destructive home or environment.  These type of environments are consistent with those of addicts, alcoholics, abusers, foster homes, and homes with a lack of supervision.  

Another reason for psychopathy does not only lie in the upbringing of a children, but many studies also point to hereditary issues.  Character traits such as deceitfulness, callousness, glibness, and self-inflation are often passed on from a parent to a child. The difficulty in separating these traits from violence and lawbreaking is often difficult for a person to overcome.  This is not to say that there is a type of gene that is passed between people that causes them to be evil, but the traits that can make up a psychopath are passed from one generation to the next.  This makes certain people more vulnerable to psychopathy.  Keep in mind, not all of these people with the said traits are considered psychopaths.  

A high rate of antisocial personalities fall in the families of addicts and alcoholics, and some of these addictions may be genetically related to this psychotic personality disorder.