Welcome to the Psychopathy Society

The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP) is a non-profit, professional organization aiming to promote the conduct and communication of scientific research in the field of psychopathic personality (psychopathy) and to encourage education and training in those fields of science that contribute to research in psychopathy. The members of SSSP are actively engaged in trying to better understand the characteristics and causes of psychopathy, as well as better ways of detecting it, treating it, and ultimately preventing its destructive manifestations. Our organization is dedicated to the science of psychopathy. Nevertheless, we welcome not only established investigators, but also students, clinicians, educators, science journalists, attorneys, and others who are interested in learning more about research on this still poorly understood condition.


If you join SSSP, you will:

(1) Join a community of scholars and students, including the world’s premier researchers and theorists in the field of psychopathic personality (psychopathy)

(2) Receive email messages regarding current developments in our organization, and in the field at large

(3) Obtain access to featured articles – and summaries of these articles - by distinguished scholars in the field

(4) Receive discounts to our biennial conferences

Psychopathy: A Misunderstood Condition

Psychopathic personality is widely misunderstood, and there are a host of misconceptions regarding this condition.

Psychopathic personality (psychopathy) is NOT equivalent to:

• Violence

• Serial Killing

• Psychosis

• Mental Illness (Psychopathology) in General

• Antisocial Personality Disorder

Psychopathy IS:

A constellation of traits that comprises affective features, interpersonal features, as well as impulsive and antisocial behaviors. The affective features include lack of guilt, empathy, and deep emotional attachments to others; the interpersonal features include narcissism and superficial charm; and the impulsive and antisocial behaviors include dishonesty, manipulativeness, and reckless risk-taking. Although psychopathy is a risk factor for physical aggression, it is by no means synonymous with it. In contrast to individuals with psychotic disorders, most psychopaths are in touch with reality and seemingly rational. Psychopathic individuals are found at elevated rates in prisons and jails, but can be found in community settings as well.


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The President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy is Dr. Essi Viding

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