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Psychopathy

Washout ?

(Re-viewing psychotropic drugs) Washout 4. (informal) 1. a total failure or disaster 2. an incompetent person (http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/wash-out) 3. dose tapering of medication to more safely discontinue its use or to (ostensibly) eliminate its effects before commencing a different treatment regime (source: industry idiom1) But perhaps we should expand the meaning of “washout” as we consider: …

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“Public Enemy #1”?

Quotes from the BBC documentary, Psychopath1: ▪ “There are few more emotive words in the English language than psychopath—a clinical word for a condition that has only recently begun to be properly defined.” ▪ “[There are] tens of thousands of other people out there who are psychopaths but are not serial killers.” ▪ “And by far the …

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Mor[t]al Hazard ?

If a family member or friend who had psychopathic tendencies took out an insurance policy on your life, would you be concerned? What if a group of strangers engaged in a betting pool concerning your mortality? What if your corporate employer secretly or deceptively (or even openly) planned to profit from your insured death, or …

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A Plague of Psychopaths ?

In the 1970s, Robert D. Hare developed a Psychopathy Checklist-Revised [1985 / 2003] (PCL-R),1 setting out the following character traits and behaviors: glib and superficial charm denial grandiosity parasitic lifestyle need for stimulation sexual promiscuity pathological lying early behavior problems cunning and manipulating lack of realistic long-term goals lack of remorse failure to accept responsibility …

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