The Psychopath as Prototype for Pathological Lying and Deception

  • Robert D. Hare
  • Adelle E. Forth
  • Stephen D. Hart
Part of the Nato Science book series (ASID, volume 47)


Pathological lying, deception, and manipulation are key clinical features of the psychopath (sociopath, antisocial personality). We present some clinical accounts and theories of these behaviors, and we review recent research in which self-report inventories, psychological tests, and polygraph examinations were administered to male criminal psychopaths. In general, there is a marked discrepancy between these empirical findings and clinical/behavioral manifestations of deception by psychopaths, perhaps because laboratory measures related to deception lack sensitivity and ecological validity with this particular population.


Antisocial Personality Disorder Response Style Emotional Word Validity Scale Prison Inmate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Hare
    • 1
  • Adelle E. Forth
    • 1
  • Stephen D. Hart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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