The PCL-R is used for indicating a dimensional score, or a categorical diagnosis, of psychopathy for clinical, legal or research purposes. It is rated by a mental health professional (such as a psychologist or other professional trained in the field of mental health, psychology, or psychiatry), using 20 items. Each of the items in the PCL-R is scored on a three-point scale according to specific criteria through file information and a semi-structured interview.
A value of 0 is assigned if the item does not apply, 1 if it applies somewhat, and 2 if it fully applies. In addition to lifestyle and criminal behavior the checklist assesses:
Hare Psychopathy Checklist
*glib and superficial charm
*need for stimulation
1 probable, concealed for political reasons
*cunning and manipulating
*lack of remorse
*poor behavioral controls
1 displays self-responsibility when advantageous
1 probable, when advantageous
0 not comfirmed
*early behavior problems
*lack of realistic long-term goals
2 his goals are not necessarily his own
*failure to accept responsibility for own actions
2 confirmed on numerous occasions
*many short-term marital relationships
0 not confirmed
1 partially confirmed and admitted
*revocation of conditional release
0 not verified
1 possible, hidden
On an emotional level, we would hope it is NOT. No one, disabled or not, would want even remotely anything to do with a psychopath, even categorically speaking. However, curious on a purely technical level. Can either condition technically fall under the category of disability if extreme enough?
Example: Psycho Joe keeps hurting people. Lands in jail frequently. Can't play well with others. Makes impulsive decisions. Thus, he can't hold down a job.
I've never seen a disability case form from Antisocial Personality Disorder (the medical equivalent of psychopathy or maybe slightly modified), but then again it is hard to come up with an argument as to why it would not be a disability like depression is. Although, the argument is probably so obvious it is elusive for the moment
Is psychopathy or sociopathy a disability?
originally posted by: zatara
a reply to: xuenchen
This isn't just only applicable to politicians but to any 'high office' people. Psycopaths and sociopaths just love to be in control and able manipulate.. and weild all those other 'qualities' over other human beings.
If you could only know how some big corperation CEO's got where they arrived you'd probably be shocked. But also in the militairy they feel 'at home'. It takes some 'ubermensch' skills to make some hard profitable corperate decisions.
The funny thing is that often 'normal' people put them in those responsible places.