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June 1946


Author Affiliations


From the New York Hospital and the Departments of Medicine (Neurology) and Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(6):619-626. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300170067007

PSYCHOPATHIC personalities constitute a large and varied group of personality maladjustments. Patients with such disorders suffer from unsatisfactory functioning of self reliance or adjustment to the group in which they live. In most cases both unsatisfactory self reliance and group adjustment are present. Such personality difficulties cannot be explained by the existence of any of the well defined personality disorders, and at present the psychopathic personality must be considered a separate psychopathologic disorder.

Many attempts have been made to classify and explain the psychopathic personality. Constitutional dynamic factors are considered essential by some psychiatrists. Others believe there is localizable damage to the brain. Inheritance has been found to be a definite factor in many cases. In recent years psychodynamic factors have been stressed. Clinical classifications have been proposed on the basis of various principles. A large group of psychiatrists recognize a relation to the classifiable psychiatric illnesses and diagnose as

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