Saturday, June 29, 2013

Definitions of Psychopathology


psychopathology /psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy/ (-pah-thol´ah-je)
1. the branch of medicine dealing with the causes and processes of mental disorders.
2. abnormal, maladaptive behavior or mental activity.

Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

n 1. the study of the causes, processes, and manifestations of mental disorders.
n 2. the behavioral manifestation of any mental disorder.
Mosby's Dental Dictionary, 2nd edition. © 2008 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy (sī'kō-pă-thol'ŏ-jē)
1. Science concerned with pathology of mind and behavior.
2. Science of mental and behavioral disorders.
[psycho- + G. pathos, disease, + logos, study]
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Excerpt from Henry VIII Would Be A Modern Day Psychopath

A study of some of the most successful people in British history has found that only one - Henry VIII - was a psychopath.The theory was that in order to be highly successful, a person had to show the sort of charm, selfishness and ruthlessness common to psychopaths.When ranked against the 'psychopathic spectrum', Henry VIII - who beheaded two of his wives - scored 174 against a 'starting' psychopath score of 168. "He scored very highly for emotional detachment and cold-hearted ruthlessness - both characteristics of dangerous psychopaths. The characteristics said to be shared by all psychopaths are: Machiavellian self-interest, persuasiveness, physical fearlessness, emotional detachment, rebelliousness, feelings of alienation, carefree spontaneity, and coolness under pressure"Psychopathy is a spectrum. Many people have some psychopathic tendencies. Just because a person is a psychopath, it doesn't make them a serial killer.

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