The sociobiology of sociopathy: An integrated evolutionary model

  title={The sociobiology of sociopathy: An integrated evolutionary model},
  author={Linda Mealey},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  • L. Mealey
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Sociopaths are “outstanding” members of society in two senses: politically, they draw our attention because of the inordinate amount of crime they commit, and psychologically, they hold our fascination because most ofus cannot fathom the cold, detached way they repeatedly harm and manipulate others. Proximate explanations from behavior genetics, child development, personality theory, learning theory, and social psychology describe a complex interaction of genetic and physiological risk factors… 
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