Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lavita Nadkarni

First Committee Member

Ragnar Storaasli

Second Committee Member

Rebecca Baker


When one thinks of the psychopath, an image of one of the notorious serial killers of the 1980s generally pops in th eir head- Ted Bundy, J effrey Dahmer, or the Green Rive r Killer. Whi l e still rare, psychopaths encompass much more than just se rial killers, a nd they have a unique presentation that lies outsi d e the confines of any current diagnosis. Characteristics such as lack of empathy, impulsivity, grandiosity, and poor behavioral controls are included in various personality disorders. The Narcissist will show lack of empathy and grandiosity while the Borderline will have poor behavioral controls and impulsivity, for exam ple. However, the construct of psychopathy is more complex, including the above traits but also callousness, malipulativeness, superficial charm, and lack of guilt. These unique characteristi cs, when appropriately identified, are detrimental to society, resulting in extreme financial loss, overwhelming hurt, and even death, which is why labeling as such is important.


30 pages

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