Criminal and Noncriminal Psychopathy: The Devil is in the Detail

Nathan Brooks, Katarina Fritzon, Bruce D. Watt, Keith Duncan, Lars Madsen

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Psychopathy is prevalent and problematic in criminal populations, but is also found to be present in non-criminal populations. In 1992, Robert Hare declared that psychopaths may also “be found in the boardroom”, which has since been followed by an interest in the issue of non-criminal, or even successful, psychopathy. In this chapter the paradox of criminal and noncriminal psychopathy is discussed with specific attention given to the similarities and differences that account for psychopathic personality across contexts. That psychopathy is a condition typified by a constellation of traits and behaviours requires wider research across diverse populations, and thus the streams of research related to criminal and non-criminal psychopathy are presented and the implications of these contrasting streams are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Psychopathy: Investigating Destructive Personalities in the Workplace
EditorsKatarina Fritzon, Nathan Brooks, Simon Croom
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-27188-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-27187-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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