Previous edition copyrighted , , , , by the C.V. Mosby Co. Cleckley, Hervey Milton, The Mask of Sanity. ISBN . The term psychopath has been kicking around since the nineteenth-century, but was popularized by psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley in his classic The Mask of . The mask of sanity; an attempt to reinterpret the so-called psychopathic personality. Citation. Cleckley, H. (). The mask of sanity; an attempt to reinterpret the.

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That’s something I honestly believe. Sqnity as, for example, he attempts in chapter twelve to illustrate the libidonistic mindset of a group of teenage boys relevant to the chapter’s presented case history. The classic study about narcissistic personality disorder.

English Choose a language for shopping. Psychopathy as a Personality Construct Ronald Blackburn. Cleckely considers that the concept of delinquency has much in common with his concept of psychopathy, and argues that it could be considered a mild version if it continues for a long time and is generalized.

Cleckley says in the preface that the book “grew out of an old conviction which increased during several years while I sat at staff meetings in a large neuropsychiatric hospital”. This article is about Cleckley’s nonfiction analysis of psychiatric interviews on psychopathy. Cleckley questions the usefulness of psychoanalytic approaches, while at the same time he uses some psychoanalytic explanatory concepts.

I wonder if Cleckley would be disturbed to discover that men boys still joke about sex and poop, still love their guns as much as their dicks and continue to engage in posturing?

However, paradoxically, he then states that psychopathy can be associated with particular sadistic drives thr often be responsible for the most serious sex crimes.

[Psychopathy: from “The Mask of Sanity” to social neurosciences].

He argues, however, that these are personal freedoms and such sznity are usually capable of leading useful lives in harmony with others. Jan 13, Aditya rated it it was amazing. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? His writing style is superb!

The Mask of Sanity

Cleckley draws important distinctions between the psychopath and non-psychopathic criminal. Pages to import images to Wikidata. For readers like me looking for a basic introduction to the subject, Cleckley’s book serves hrrvey purpose as a clarification of psychopathic behavior. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


He finds the diagnosis of “psychosis with psychopathic personality” unnecessarily confusing. The Mask of Sanityfifth edition, presents clinical theories as well as case studies, written in the form of dramatic, novelistic descriptions of 13 individuals, an amalgamation of those he had observed.

And of course, there has been significant progress in psychology in general hdrvey the study of psychopathy in particular since The Mask’s publication. Cleckley provides detailed case histories of psychopaths Given that questions of legal insanity are prevalent in modern criminal trials, these concerns remain relevant today.

It’s split in four parts – intro, an overview of the patients he studied about 20 casesa comparison with other disorders and diseases and a description of the elements of the disorder, and a The book has a very heavy language not the kind of too much terminology, but of too much words and over-complex sentences. The Mask of Sanity Rhe medical library Paperback. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I am not an yhe in santy way in the field of abnormal psychology; I just find it fascinating and have read a few books on the subject. His message is never obscured by overly esoteric jargon, nor does he lose the reader in overly technical detail.

Cleckley’s work is often considered a seminal contribution to the psychiatric definition of psychopathy, and continues to act as a cornerstone to subsequent lines of research and clinical practice. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. There are several “flavors” of psychopaths. He also notes other ‘disguises’ of severe personality disorder, such as “cryptic depression” or “pseudoneurotic schizophrenia” or “pseudopsychopathic schizophrenia”.

He also separates psychoneurotics though accepts there may sometimes be overlap and ” mental defectives ” who snaity the psychopath will test poorly on theoretical intelligence tests as well as in behavior in life. His aim is sincere in understanding this complex issue as well as to communicate to professionals and other interested readers. A sixth edition was published shortly after Cleckley’s death inbut is described by others as having minimal substantive changes.

The pscycopaths in the book are usually cheerful, often apparently not malicious, but they are a challenge clrckley those around them because of the disconnect between their words and their actions, their promises and their behavior. The term psychopath is used for ease of communicating the many shades and degrees of this complex personality disorder. The particular case which captured my attention was the Southern California perpetrator dubbed in the early eighties as ‘The Original Night Stalker’, whose connection through DNA matching to the ‘East Area Rapist’, earned him the moniker: His book, The Mask of Sanity, originally published inprovided the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the 20th Century.

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The Mask of Sanity by Hervey M. Cleckley

Cleckley scatters through this book constant fascinating anecdotes and remarks, some so outrageous or remarkable that one would assume he made them up if he were writing on some other topic. Human is an animal and the line between normal and abnormal is thin, biased and often misleading.

The committee for the DSM-III, in attempting to develop a basis for the antisocial personality disorder diagnosis, had made efforts to combine the work of Lee Robins ‘s criteria actually from Eli Robins of behavioral acts, with trait-oriented items based on the work of Cleckley. For readers like me looking for a basic introduction to the subject, Cleckley’s book serves its purpose as a clarification of psychopathic behavior. He states that the main purpose of the book is to bring a few cases before other psychiatrists, and also to raise the profile among the public, to enable better management of psychopaths.

The book DOES clarify quite a lot about psychopathy. Barring that, this book is one of the cardinal works on psychopathy, from a pioneer in the field, and it contains tens of detailed cases and clinical considerations from a practitioner who believed that psychopathy should have its own classification and should be dealt with differently by a system which was not equipped to treat this disorder.

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Oct 01, Liz rated it liked sankty Shelves: Therefore, although in popular culture the term is common, that usage has little technical relevance to criminology, forensic psychology or psychiatry.

BUT, it’s also a timeless masterpiece and one of the first comprehensive works on what the author refers to as “psychopathic personality” or “semantic disorder.

May 28, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Having poor judgment 8. The modern theory is the brain is underdeveloped and thus psychopaths will never clleckley able to be cured. The award of a Nobel Prize in literature to Andre Gide who in his work fervently and openly insists that pederasty is the superior and preferable way of life for adolescent boys furnishes a memorable example of such judgments.