Psychopathy is a real and separate disorder from Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). Innumerable academic studies have concluded that psychopathy is distinct and real via confirmatory factor analysis – a statistical technique. Neurological studies confirm differences in the paralimbic system between psychopaths and those only exhibiting ASPD. The paralimbic system is much more “atrophied” in those with psychopathy. Yet, many refuse to acknowledge psychopathy as real. Some perceive the disorders existence as being pure oppression by criminological circles. Others cite the DSM, the “Bible” of psychiatry and proclaim that it must not be real. In all cases, a pandemic of psychopath erasure is in play.
Numerous studies by academics including Robert Hare and Kent Kiehl have confirmed neurological differences in those called psychopaths versus those simply diagnosed as ASPD. Anticipatory anxiety is nearly non-existent. The areas of the brain controlling empathy and emotion are atrophied. The corpus callosum – the construct connecting the hemispheres of the brain – is thicker. Etc. etc. These distinct – and statistically significant – differences create the framework for differentiating psychopathy from ASPD. Yet, many cover their eyes and ears and proclaim psychopathy is not real. Rather than honoring our individuality, they attempt to place us in the same group as vanilla ASPD individuals. This would be akin to referring to humans only as primates rather than a distinct species simply because the baseline is the same between us and apes. Does that truly make sense?