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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 01:41 PM
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33. There's exceptions to every rule, but...
In general psycopathy is a lot more serious than people assume. It's not just a matter of being able to hide being a bad person.

Psychopathic tendencies can sometimes be recognized in childhood or early adolescence. If recognized, a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder, or possibly the related Oppositional Defiant Disorder, may be given. However, while these childhood signs have been found in a significantly higher proportion of psychopaths than in the general population, it must be stressed that not all the subjects of such childhood diagnoses turn out to be psychopaths as adults, or even disordered at all. Therefore, psychopathy is not normally diagnosed in children or adolescents, and some jurisdictions explicitly forbid diagnosing minors with psychopathy and similar personality disorders. This is because such a diagnosis "fails to capture the emotional, cognitive, and interpersonality traits egocentricity and lack of remorse, empathy, or guilt - that are so important in the diagnosis of psychopathy."<63>


The three indicators bedwetting, cruelty to animals and firestarting, known as the Macdonald triad were first described by J.M. MacDonald as "red flag" indicators of psychopathy and future episodic aggressive behavior.<66> However, subsequent research has found that bedwetting is not a significant factor.<67> The question of whether young children with early indicators of psychopathy respond poorly to intervention, compared to conduct-disordered children without these traits, has only recently been examined in controlled clinical research. The empirical findings from this research have been consistent with broader anecdotal evidence, pointing to poor treatment outcomes.<68> Many of the above characteristics can be paralleled in bullying at school and elsewhere.
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