Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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| Editors: Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford


  • Scott W. Semenyna
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_674-1



.Psychopathy is characterized by varying levels of four interrelated personality traits and behavioral tendencies: low levels of emotional reactivity (callous unemotionality, shallow affect, and boldness), glib interpersonal style (superficial charm, egocentricity, and deceitfulness), antisocial tendencies (poor behavioral control and aggression), and a parasitic lifestyle typified by impulsivity, irresponsibility, and a lack of long-term planning (Hare 2016).


Psychopathy is of wide interest to clinicians, research psychologists, and the general public – likely as a result of human beings’ vested interest in understanding (and guarding against) cheaters and social interlopers. While some unequivocally view the antisocial behavior and callous nature of psychopaths to be an obvious example of a human personality disorder...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Doug P. VanderLaan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Toronto MississaugaMississaugaCanada
  2. 2.Child, Youth and Family DivisionCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada