Psychopathy and sociopathy: The history of a concept

Stephen H. Dinwiddie*

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It has long been recognized that some individuals behave in a way that seems to indicate the absence of any meaningful conscience. Characterized by repeatedly self-defeating and frequently criminal behavior, this syndrome has for centuries interested (and frustrated) clinicians who have struggled not only with its treatment but even its nosological status. In this article, some of the main currents of thought that have over time shaped what we currently refer to as sociopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and psychopathy will be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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