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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Eating disorders-Treatment, Compulsive eating-Treatment, Object relations (Psychoanalysis), Behaviorism (Psychology), Winnicott, D. W. (Donald Woods), 1896-1971, Difficult-to-treat binge-type eating disorders, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Winnicottian object relations, Object relations theory, Behavior theory, Dialectical behavior therapy


Psychopathy and sociopathy are two personality disorders that are similar in action though different in origin. Whereas the psychopathic individual is a product of nature in that the origin of the social disorder originates in the mind, the sociopathic individual is a product of upbringing as sociopathy is more so a result of a learned/defensive behavior. Although the number is uncertain, there could be as many as ten million psychopathic and sociopathic people living in the United States today. This paper focuses on the etiology of both psychopathy and sociopathy. It also looks at how psychopathy and sociopathy are recognized in modern day American society and argues the importance of understanding these people as they have a devastating and long lasting affect on the world around them




ii, 217 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 204-217)