Psychopaths Among Us: What Predisposes People to become Psychopaths

Corcorran, Brandon (2015) Psychopaths Among Us: What Predisposes People to become Psychopaths. [Abstract]

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Psychopathy is one of the most difficult disorders to diagnosis and treat. Psychopaths can appear normal and charming, but they lack a moral conscience and empathy. This lack of remorse and deviance makes them manipulative, and volatile which can lead to criminal behavior. What predisposes a person to become a psychopath? Do childhood environmental factors predispose people to become psychopaths? Or is it the way the brain is wired and functioning that helps explain why people turn to psychopathy? Biological and genetic factors can contribute to how a person acts, as well as show what they are capable of doing. A psychopath’s brain functions differently than a non-psychopathic person’s brain. Along with biological factors, environmental factors, such as low SES, and childhood tragedies, play a role in whether or not a person becomes a psychopath later on in life. With that said, this project takes a case analysis approach to understand potential factors contributing to the development of 2 serial killers, Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. Both of these men are prominent figures that display psychopathy to its very core. What is found is that biological and genetic influences play a tremendous role in turning people to displaying psychopathic tendencies. Environmental factors can play a role with that, that finally pushes people over the edge.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychopathy, Environmental factors, Biological factors
Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium
Undergrad Research Symposium > Psychology
Depositing User: Brandon Corcorran
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 20:58
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 08:54

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