Previous edition copyrighted , , , , by the C.V. Mosby Co. Cleckley, Hervey Milton, The Mask of Sanity. ISBN . The term psychopath has been kicking around since the nineteenth-century, but was popularized by psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley in his classic The Mask of . The mask of sanity; an attempt to reinterpret the so-called psychopathic personality. Citation. Cleckley, H. (). The mask of sanity; an attempt to reinterpret the.

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The cases allow the reader to find behavioral patterns among the various psycopaths portrayed, and what I appreciated the most is that Cleckey concentrated on “everyday” psycopaths, not murderers or serious criminals. Appelsee Mask of Sanity novel. Including an account that you’ll understand was hilarious for multiple reasons about a normally heterosexual gentleman who drove to a worksite and picked up four “unwashed” “Negros”, transporting them in hervej pickup truck to a tent were he was caught clec,ley fellatio on them.

His first book was published inand this version of the book is his revised edition.

However, Cleckley then suggests that initial potential for greatness and emotional depth may cause problems, such as being more affected by problems in life, that then leads into psychopathy.

He also wryly noted how the media seemed intent to portray all women as these shallow, 2-D creatures. Perri and Lichtenwald have argued that Cleckley was blinded by cultural myths about male aggression and female masm, and thus tended to overlook or minimize psychopathic behaviors in women.

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Cleckley’s elegant narrative has a ‘southern’ rhythm and tone mingled with erudition and the warmth of his humanity as he discusses each case: A sixth edition was published shortly after Cleckley’s death inbut is described by others as having minimal substantive changes. In the DSM-V this is now a “psychopathy specifier”, for antisocially disordered persons who are particularly lacking in anxiety and who have a bold style.


This article begins with a wee bit of history about Hervey Cleckley’s work, The Mask of Sanity, and then presents the definitions and nosography of psychopathy, focusing on the distinction between the antisocial psychopath and the successful psychopath. I couldn’t take it anymore so I’m calling it quits on this one, although it sits proudly on my bookshelf at work! The Mask of Sanity: Major positive attractions are not present to compete successfully with whims, and the major negative deterrents hot, persistent shame, profound regret do not loom ahead to influence him.

clecklfy Consider a spectrum of anxiety, with the psychoneurotic at one endpoint and the psychopath at the other: Published January 31st by Textbook Pub first published January 1st The text is considered to be a seminal work and the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the twentieth century. That’s why you’re reading this, right? It’s a good description of the “psychopathic personality disorder”, called this by the author, otherwise as he explains it falls somewhere under “antisocial personality disorder”.

I found this book fascinating for probably all the wrong reasons.

Mask of Sanity 4th Edition. His book, The Mask of Sanity, originally published inprovided the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the 20th Century. I understand the need to include so many case studies, but as Cleckley openly acknowledges, psychopaths are rhe dickheads. Truth is stranger than fiction. This being the s, the author does come with his own set of era-appropriate prejudices, though he seems to be on the progressive end for a white man for that era i.

It is very readable. Con Cleckley’s book is out of print, so I read a pdf version of a scanned copy made available at http: These were the years when the average American was just starting to find out about the evil lurking out there in damaged people who have no conscience.


Despite popular culture’s depiction of the sqnity serial killer, the psychopaths Cleckley encounters may threaten violence, but rarely if ever carry out regular acts of serious brutality. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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Despite the seemingly sincere, intelligent, even charming external presentation, internally the psychopathic person does not have the ability to experience genuine emotions. Psychopathy as a Personality Construct Ronald Blackburn. The so-called pyromaniac and kleptomaniac often seems motivated by forces similar to the classic obsessive-compulsive patient BUT, it’s also a timeless masterpiece and one of the first comprehensive works on what the author refers to as “psychopathic personality” or “semantic disorder.

Cleckley concludes from his clinical experience that the cause of the disorder of psychopathy is probably not, in general, demonstrably psychodynamic or even psychogenicalthough life influences may play a role in some cases and he notes the progression of the disorder can seem like a kind of social and spiritual but not actual suicide, or “semi-suicide”.

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The label “psychopath” as used by Cleckley has also been embraced by popular cultureand is often applied to serial killers and other violent heervey, irrespective of whether they qualify; for this reason the imprecise popular use had been deplored.

More, in fact, in keeping wit I expected a rather different book when I decided to read this.

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