alexa The Sense and Pointlessness of the Concept of a Norm in the Analysis of Psychopathic Personality Disorders
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Journal of Socialomics
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The Sense and Pointlessness of the Concept of a Norm in the Analysis of Psychopathic Personality Disorders

Beata Pastwa-Wojciechowska and Mariola Bidzan*
Institute of Psychology, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Corresponding Author : Mariola Bidzan
Institute of Psychology
University of Gdańsk, Poland
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Received August 27, 2013; Accepted January 29, 2014; Published February 03, 2014
Citation: Wojciechowska BP, Bidzan M (2014) The Sense and Pointlessness of the Concept of a Norm in the Analysis of Psychopathic Personality Disorders. J Socialomics 3:106. doi:10.4172/2167-0358.1000106
Copyright: © 2014 Wojciechowska BP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

n the following thesis we are going to use the term ‘psychopathy’, in contrary to the tendency prevailing in the Polish reference books to use modern terminology recommended by psychiatric diagnostics guidelines, both DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and ICD (International Classification of Diseases). The term ‘psychopathy’ is used in the global literature of the subject as an operationalized construct, investigated extensively both on theoretical and empirical grounds. This psychological-psychiatric term is–like no other–closely related to the violation of norms, especially legal ones. In the following thesis we would like to discuss the role and significance of norms, including legal ones, in the functioning of individuals with psychopathic personality disorders. It is assumed that such persons demonstrate problems with acquiring, and hence respecting, the binding norms and regulation, which is reflected by a high percentage of psychopaths in the population of individuals violating legal norms. In addition, psychopaths exhibit a tendency to violate all kinds of legal norms, not specializing in an certain type of crime, which is described as ‘criminal versatility’. Therefore posing a question about the role and significance of norms in etiology and diagnostics of psychopathy seems to be an important issue. The concept of psychopathy. A few remarks about terminology.

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