Predicting Dangerousness

  title={Predicting Dangerousness},
  author={George R. Mount},
  journal={Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations},
  pages={131 - 133}
  • G. Mount
  • Published 6 March 2007
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations
Hostage negotiators, and law enforcement in general, are interested in obtaining information about the person they are dealing with that will help them better understand and deal with a crisis situation. One group of individuals who have a high risk for violence and other criminal behavior are known as psychopaths. Cleckley (1941) did one of the first definitive studies of this group. His definition consisted of 16 traits such as superficial charm and good intellectual functioning, not… 



The threat to kill.

Within 15 months, 100 patients (one in every 16 admissions) were admitted to the 78-bed Colorado Psychopathic Hospital specifically because they had made homicidal threats.

The mask of sanity.

What I regard as the psychopath's lack of insight shows up frequently and very impressively in his apparent assumption that the legal penalties for a crime he has committed do not, or should not, apply to him.

Without conscience.

  • E. Wiesel
  • Philosophy
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