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The Psychopathic Female

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“Can women have strong psychopathic traits?” 

The answer is – yes.  A woman can have an emotional processing disorder that is reflected in disturbed character, emotions, morals, and attachment abilities ~ Psychopathy.

Cluster B personality disorders are present across both genders.

Psychopathy is suspected to be more common among males, however females can have symptoms of the disorder as well. The condition can be demonstrated differently from what we find within the male population.

 “… it may be that conceptualizations of psychopathy are characterized by an overreliance on masculine experiences and expressions of the disorder (e.g., other-directed violence) and have failed to adequately capture experiences that best represent psychopathy in women.” (Sprague, 2012 p. 4).”

Non-psychopathic women tend to focus more on relationships (intimate and community) and this same pattern has been found amongst some psychopathic women as well. Learn more about female psychopaths in the video above. We summarize recent research findings and describe common behaviors within this group.

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