Psychopathy is a mental illness or a personality disorder characterized by antisocial behavior, lack of empathy and remorse, and disinhibited, bold, and egotistical attitude. This illness is often considered synonymous with sociopathy, but they’re two different mental states.

Causes may include early life factors, as well as genetics. Signs and symptoms that someone might be a psychopath are usually noticeable before a person’s 16th birthday.

No one is exactly sure what causes psychopathy, but it is probably a mixture of genetics, environmental factors, and bad parenting techniques. Children of psychopaths are more likely to become ones as well, suggesting genetic influence.

Being a bad parent might put your children at risk f becoming psychopaths. If a parent abuses drugs and alcohol, neglects or punishes a child instead of rewarding them, or abandons a child at a young age, this can all lead to developing a psychopathic disorder, but it doesn’t have to be a case.

  1. November 18, 2018

    People generally shy away from calling children psychopaths. The term carries too much stigma, and too much determinism. Such children are preferred to be described as kids having callous and unemotional traits, shorthand for a cluster of characteristics and behaviors, including a lack of empathy, remorse, or guilt; shallow emotions; aggression and even cruelty; and a seeming indifference to punishment. Researchers believe that nearly 1 percent of children exhibit these traits, about as many as have autism or bipolar disorder.

  2. November 29, 2018

    A child would have to be born with the genetic predisposition for sociopathy, A psychopathic parent couldn’t be an abusive ass, they could be. It’s very rare for a psychopath to pass down a sociopath gene to their offspring. Thank you so much for this helpful post and keep posting things like this.

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