Is psychopathy untreatable


Robert D. Hare (* 1934 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian criminal psychologist, best known for his checklist on psychopathy. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia.

The Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) developed from the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL) states the following criteria: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]


Factor 1: Personality "Aggressive Narcissism"

Superficial charm, good conversation

Exaggerated self-image

Morbid lying


Unable to feel remorse

Incapable of deep feelings

Lack of empathy

Unable to take responsibility


Factor 2: Case study "Socially deviant lifestyle"

Quickly bored, always looking for a 'kick'

Likes to live at other people's expense

Bad self-control

Promiscuous sexual behavior

Lack of realistic long-term goals



Juvenile delinquency

Early behavior problems

Parole failure


F. Hirigoyen, The masks of wickedness
R. Hare, Unscrupulous
M. Stouts, The Sociopath Next Door


Therapy: Sociopathy / psychopathy is widely regarded as untreatable.