Psychopathy, Sociopathy, Antisocial 101

Learn about forensic psychology, specifically the psychopathology that leads to criminal behavior and societal harm

Our society appears fascinated with all things criminal. This is evidenced by the number of true crime podcasts and murder mystery shows, which are loved by thousands around the world. This has lead to the use of several “pop culture diagnoses”, including the misclassification of offenders as “psychopaths” and “sociopaths”.

What you’ll learn

  • Know the historical and current use of these terms in forensic and clinical settings.
  • Learn how to correctly identify offenders as psychopathic, sociopathic, or having antisocial personality disorder.
  • Gain first hand knowledge about the tools used by mental health professionals to assess psychopathy.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 5 lectures • 21min.
  • Current diagnostic criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder –> 4 lectures • 19min.
  • Forensic Psychology and the assessment of psychopathy –> 1 lecture • 7min.
  • Psychopathy versus Sociopathy –> 1 lecture • 3min.
  • Course Summary and Conclusions –> 1 lecture • 1min.

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Requirements

  • No requirements! All levels are welcome..

Our society appears fascinated with all things criminal. This is evidenced by the number of true crime podcasts and murder mystery shows, which are loved by thousands around the world. This has lead to the use of several “pop culture diagnoses”, including the misclassification of offenders as “psychopaths” and “sociopaths”.

In this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the differences in personality psychopathology that leads to criminal behavior and societal harm. Topics to be covered include:

– History of psychopathy and sociopathy

– Differences between the constructs of psychopathy and sociopathy

– Clinical/forensic use of the terms psychopathy and sociopathy (including assessment tools used by mental health professionals)

– Diagnosis in DSM-V, including antisocial personality disorder