Problems of Psychopathy Concept in the Modern Domestic and Foreign Psychology



The article raises the problem of the heterogeneity of the group of persons with antisocial behavior and the need for dividing it into subgroups. This problem can be solved by adopting psychology of the subject and his identity specifically as mediating process. Psychopathy as a personal anomaly acts as a link enables a clear assessment of anti-social behavior mechanisms in a particular group of individuals. We describe the understanding of psychopathy concept also known as antisocial (dissocial, psychopathic) personality disorder by domestic and foreign authors. The article discusses the main debating points of psychopathy role in clinical practice, definition of the diagnostic criteria, terminological confusion caused by the concept of antisocial (dissocial) personality disorders, as well as the search for the reasons and psychological mechanisms of psychopathy emergence and developing. Analysis of psychopathy relations with such constructs as aggression, violence and anti-social behavior, allows examining applied problems and the prospects of using the psychopathy construct in medical and legal practice.

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Keywords: psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, dissocial personality disorder, psychopathy models, primary and secondary psychopathy, antisocial behavior, aggression

Journal rubric: Clinical and Special Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Atadjikova Y.A., Enikolopov S.N. Problems of Psychopathy Concept in the Modern Domestic and Foreign Psychology [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2016. Vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 114–127. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2016080111. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Yuliya A. Atadjikova, Junior Research Associate, Department of Medical Psychology, Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science “Mental Health Research Center”, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Sergey N. Enikolopov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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