Blog about female psychopaths, symptoms, ways to identify, psychopathic characteristics. Based on Born to Destroy, the first instructional book on the female psychopath, available for purchase at www.winisbooks.com in paperback, Kindle or Nook versions.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
FEMALE v. MALE PSYCHOPATHS - a special post by Drs. Gacono and Smith
HERE IS A SHORT AND VALUABLE SUMMARY OF SOME FEMALE vs. MALE PSYCHOPATHY TRAITS, SPECIALLY PREPARED FOR THIS BLOG BY DR. CARL GACONO AND DR. JASON SMITH.
In studying psychopaths for several
decades (see Gacono & Meloy, 1994; Cunliffe & Gacono, 2005, 2008;
Cunliffe et al., 2016; Smith, Gacono & Cunliffe, in press; Smith et al.,
2014), we have found both male and female psychopaths to be callous and lack
empathy. They share a cognitive style, as evidenced by their verbalizations,
that reflects their callousness, their entitlement, and their refusal to take
responsibility for their actions. One female psychopath who was charged
with a sex offense against a young male stated “I hope he burns in hell” while
another female psychopath reported she suffered more than the victim she killed
because she was incarcerated (victim stance). Both males and females can be
conning/manipulative although women may use the “damsel in distress” persona to
gain the attention and support she craves (see the case of Karla Homolka).
While both male and female
psychopaths share a borderline or psychotic level of personality organization
(see Gacono & Meloy, 1994; Smith et al., 2014), there are noted differences
involving self-esteem, emotion regulation, aggression, and their relationships.
Male psychopaths effectively utilize their grandiosity to maintain their
self-esteem while warding off any internal or external threats to their self-image. They
tend to have more aggressive acts.Females
have a pathological self-focus though it coexists with a sense of being damaged.
They also exhibit more painful emotions than
their male counterpart. Female psychopaths can engage the same type of violent
acts as males, they tend to use more indirect aggression (verbally aggressive
with gossip). Female psychopaths also want to be around others but for selfish
reasons (attention) something that male psychopaths do not exhibit (their lack
of attachment). These differences are important because one may encounter these
females throughout their life as not all are incarcerated. Understanding the
female presentation and identifying their patterns could make you less vulnerable
to their deceptions and manipulations.
Jason M. Smith Psy.D. & Carl
Gacono, Ph.D., ABAP
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Assessing psychopathy in women. In C.B. Gacono (Ed.), The clinical and
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