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Recent Psychology Articles, Books, & Monographs
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Let me start off by saying the terms psychopathy and sociopathy are non-clinical terms that are not defined within the DSM-IV. Without medically defined meanings, there really isn’t any ability to define differences in between the terms.
However researchers do use the term psychopathy. The shortest, simplest definition of a psychopath is someone who is sane but amoral. It is a character defect not a mental illness.
The Mask of Sanity ~An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues About the So-Called Psychopathic Personality
Fifth Edition: private printing for non-profit educational use
Hervey Cleckley’s “The Mask of Sanity,” (1941) is a must read for anyone wanting to or needing to have an understanding about psychopaths and how they function. The book describes the clinical interviews he had with incarcerated criminals.